Lionel Messi flew to Argentina for the international break. A break with the Argentine selection during which he must play a match against Panama on Thursday. On this occasion, the Argentinians will be celebrated as heroes three months after their world title in Qatar against the Blues.
Lionel Messi left his PSG teammates during the international break to join the Argentine team in Buenos Aires, world champions, who are about to play their first home game since their coronation in Qatar. The 63,000 tickets for this friendly match, scheduled against Panama on Thursday at the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires, were snapped up in two hours.
Various festivities, to celebrate the Albiceleste’s world title against France, are planned during the match. The Argentine Federation said it had received more than 130,000 media accreditation requests while the press gallery can only accommodate 344 journalists.
Back “in champion”
Messi’s arrival on Argentinian soil was hailed on Twitter by AFA president Claudio ‘Chiqui’ Tapia. “You never gave up. And today, you are back in your country as a world champion. Welcome, Leo,” he wrote to the 35-year-old Paris Saint-Germain star striker. , who waited for his fifth World Cup to win the star.
Jamás gives you back. Y hoy volviste a tu país como campeón del mundo
Welcome, Leo ⭐️⭐️⭐️ pic.twitter.com/jeAu65JDD7
— Chiqui Tapia (@tapiachiqui) March 20, 2023
Messi, who played Sunday in Ligue 1 (2-0 defeat against Rennes at the Parc des Princes), traveled with his wife and their three children. He joined the Albiceleste training camp in Ezeiza, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires.