When Is Messi’s Debut For PSG? How To Watch Ligue 1 In The UK
Lionel Messi has officially signed a two-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain after his contract with Barcelona expired this summer.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner arrived into Paris on Tuesday after agreeing personal terms with the Ligue 1 giants after more than two decades with the Catalan club.
Thousands of supporters flocked to the airport and Parc des Princes to greet the Argentine, with many eagerly anticipating his debut, but when will it be?
The gruesome details of Lionel Messi’s PSG contract
Messi’s Debut at PSG: When will Messi make his PSG debut?
After declaring “I am ready to start now” in a recent press conference, Messi is expected to make his debut in PSG’s second game of the season this weekend. The match between PSG and Strasbourg will take place on Saturday, August 14th, at 8pm BST.
It won’t be a difficult game for Messi or PSG’s star-studded lineup — Last season, Strasbourg finished 15th of of 20 clubs in Ligue 1, losing their opening game of the season 2-0 at home to Angers, putting them at the bottom of the table.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team defeated Troyes last weekend despite being without Neymar, thanks to goals from Achraf Hakimi and Mauro Icardi.
How to Watch Lionel Messi’s PSG Debut On UK Television
BT Sport has the rights to broadcast Ligue 1 games in the UK, so that’s where he’ll be watching his debut match.
PSG’s other forthcoming matches include:
PSG vs. Brest – Friday, August 20th at 8pm BST
PSG vs. Reims – Sunday, August 29th at 7:45pm BST
Sunday, September 12th, PSG against Clermont Foot. The start time is yet to be determined.
Messi was revealed by PSG on Wednesday morning, with the Argentine stating that he wants to win silverware with the club, with the Champions League at the top of his list.
With Kylian Mbappe and former Barcelona teammate Neymar, he’s set to form one of the most dangerous attacking trios in the world.
As the pair try to reconcile, the Argentina international will wear the number 30 shirt, after apparently rejecting Neymar’s offer to take the famed number 10 shirt.
Messi is said to have agreed to a two-year contract with a third-year option that will pay him at least €25 million per year. That’s not bad, is it?
The 34-year-old bid an emotional goodbye to the Catalans during a heartbreaking news conference on Sunday, after 21 years, 34 major championships, and 672 goals in 778 appearances.
But, in a PSG strip, would he be able to duplicate the same form? Only time will tell if this is true.
PA Images provided the featured image.