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Messi's Suspension: A Costly Mistake Or A Calculated Move?


Messi's Suspension: A Costly Mistake Or A Calculated Move?


PARIS, France - Lionel Messi, the six-time Ballon d'Or winner and arguably the best player of his generation, has been suspended for two weeks by Paris Saint-Germain after going on a personal trip to Saudi Arabia without permission. The star forward who joined PSG last year on a free transfer from Barcelona, will also be fined and will not have his contract renewed, according to French sports daily L'Equipe.


The suspension comes at a crucial time for PSG, who are leafing the Ligue 1 table by five points with five games left to play. Messi will miss the matches against Troyes and Ajaccio, and may return for the match against Auxerre on 21 May. However, his absence could affect the team's morale and performance, as well as their chances of winning another domestic title.


Messi's trip to Saudi Arabia was reportedly part of his role as a tourism ambassador for the country, which he signed in 2020. The Argentina captain posted photos of himself and his family visiting Riyadh, the country's capital, on social media. He also met with the Saudi minister of tourism, Ahmed al Khateeb, who welcomed him on Twitter.


However, PSG was not aware of Messi's plans and did not grant him permission to travel. The club was reportedly furious with Messi for breaking their rules and risking his health and fitness amid the Covid-19 pandemic. They also felt that Messi showed a lack of respect and commitment to the club and his teammates by leaving without notice.


However, PSG was not aware of Messi's plans and did not grant him permission to travel. The club was reportedly furious with Messi for breaking their rules and risking his health and fitness amid the Covid-19 pandemic. They also felt that Messi showed a lack of respect and commitment to the club and his teammates by leaving without notice.


Messi's suspension has sparked a debate among fans and pundits about whether he made a costly mistake or a calculated move. Some argue that Messi was naive and irresponsible to go on an unauthorized trip, especially at such a critical stage of the season. They claim that he damaged his reputation and legacy by putting his personal interests above his professional duties. They also question his loyalty and motivation to pay for PSG, given that he has been linked to a return to Barcelona in recent months.


Others suggest that Messi was well aware of the consequence of his trip and deliberately provoked PSG to force an exit from the club. They point out that Messi has been unhappy at PSG since he joined them, as he has struggled to adapt to their style of play and culture. They also note that Messi has a history of using his power and influence to get what he wants, such as when he tried to leave Barcelona in 2020 by sending a buro fax to the club. They believe that Messi wanted to create a rift with PSG so that he could leave them this summer and rejoin Barcelona or another club of his choice.


Regardless of Messi's intentions, his suspension has undoubtedly created a major controversy in the football world. It remains to be seen how PSG will cope without their star player and how Messi will react to his punishment. One thing is certain: Messi's suspension is not only a loss for PSG, but also for the fans who love to watch him play.

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