Barcelona – Paris Saint-Germain wanted, but could not. He went to Manchester for a disadvantage and gave Pep Cardiola the city, making his debut in August 2020 in a final saved by the French team for the first time. He lost to the same Boyne he avenged this season …
Capital but incomplete, this season’s Champions League record will have a special chapter for a PSG who beat Old Trafford in the group stage, crushing Barcelona in the 16th round and penalizing the mighty Bayer in the quarterfinals until they cross paths with Manchester City . He was one of the aristocrats of football. But he is not the king.
He is out of the Champions League again and the boundaries of disaster in the league, he has won seven matches in the last eight seasons, and his throne is to lead to the surprise and shameless Lille. With Monaco in 2017 or with Montpellier in 2012. If confirmed, it will revolve around the worst season of the last decade, the worst result since Qatar acquired it and raised what was paid in dollars to the worst.
But in that long way a name has been repeated, first in disguise and in recent times already a firm signature. After Ibrahimovic and Neymar or Pope, it was Leo Messi who called on the player to lead the goal, the final signing, the never-ending project.
The Argentine star is ending his contract at Barcelona and his future is in doubt. He was not in the same situation where he submitted his exit request directly last August, but he gave no trace of the renewal and PSG wasted no time. Messi has put forward a plan, which has not yet been drafted, and a firm deal with the French club offers him three seasonal contracts for an unspecified salary, but it is undeniable that, of course, Laborda could offer him much more in Persia.
In Paris, Argentina could meet again with his friend Neymar and be part of a capital team, the third element of the unbeaten trident with Mbappé and the support of an unequal team. It is obvious that this will not be a step back for Leo … It remains to be seen whether what he signed in an attempt to reach the top of the continent will be the icing needed for the French club.
Because today PSG is not the king, it wants to be. It has been a distinct club in the French football scene since its founding in 1970. Born out of a merger and created to represent Paris in response to Milan, Munich, Madrid or Manchester, it grew in the 1980s of the last century, snatching the first place previously held by Saint-Etienne and Marseille. Canal + in 1991.
Recoba’s semi-finalist and defending champion in 1995 (losing another final to Barcelona in 1997), his appearance at the Olympics took him from first place on the podium, Canal + sold him and despite the fact that teammate Ronaldinho La Los was eliminated in 2007, narrowly eliminated …
The club’s agony ended when Colony Capital acquired its assets in 2008 and restored its vibrancy, and it has been sold to the Qatar Investment Commission since 2011. Since then … success. But an incomplete success. The untouchable dominant of French football for millionaire investments in the transfer market, PSG had their target in the Champions League. And then to his rage, always, always a rage at bringing him down.
He touched the sky with his hands in 2020, what matters, was the Paris-born Kingsley Common, a boy, a PSG youth team, executed at the age of eight and a few others who left the club in 2014. The options he has to win on the board made with a check book. An unfinished check book, capable of responding to a threat as a protagonist with Verratti from Barcelona, by signing Neymar without signing.
But that is not enough to this day. Neymaro or Mbabane, the jewel in the crown for the fans, could not make it to the finals, and it is understood the Spanish league’s decision from Paris is being addressed in a special way. If Barcia fail to win the title, it is doubtful that there will be additional options to persuade Messi to attend the PSG offer, which will give him everything he wants to convince him.
Under Pochettino’s command, a team that, more than ever, is living with the urge to reach a Champions League, this Tuesday, again avoided him.