In front of a packed auditorium of the Parc des Princes, Lionel Messi gave his first press conference as a Paris Saint-Germain player this Wednesday at the end of the morning. And if we especially painted the tongue to say how happy we were to be there and how motivated we were to win the Champions League, there were also several interesting things to remember.

By Alexandre Aflalo, at the Parc des Princes
wednesday 11 augustModified Wednesday August 11 at 3:52 PM

THE phrase of the day: ” Mbappé has no more excuse not to extend »

A small smile formed on the face of Nasser Al-Khelaïfi when Mohamed Bouhafsi asked him if the arrival of Messi reshuffled the cards concerning the extension of Kylian Mbappé. No doubt because the president already knew the barely concealed scud he was going to send to his player, who is sulking a new contract in the capital one year from the end of his contract. ” Kylian’s future is in Paris. He’s a competitor. Has he publicly said he wants a more competitive team? I don’t think we’re more competitive here (laughs). He has no excuse not to stay.Or there are others, which have nothing to do with the starting XI.

Huge surprise: Champions League goal

It is the word which is undoubtedly returned the most often: “The objective”, with a capital L. The goal displayed by PSG to win the Champions League, after which it has run relentlessly for ten years and the arrival at the head of the club of Qatari shareholders. “We haven’t won anything yet Nasser Al-Khelaïfi even repeated several times, as if the only trophy that counted was the one with the big ears. “I dream of being able to lift the Champions League cup once again, assured Messi, who has not won it with Barça since 2015.The club have been close to winning the C1 in recent years, and I will do my best to help. »

Messi incenses Verratti

That was the final question of this press conference, a gift from our friends at the Gazzetta dello Sport. And therefore, inevitably, a question centered on Italy, and in particular on Marco Verratti. “Can it be what Xavi and Iniesta were at Barça for Paris Saint-Germain?“Immediate response from the Pulga:”Without a doubt » . « He has shown that he is a huge player, one of the best in the world. In Barcelona, ​​we wanted him for many seasons, we wanted him to come. Today, it’s me who comes to play with him. It is a phenomenon. I met him off the pitch, he’s a fantastic person.  » Holidays with friends paid off.

Nasser Al-Khelaïfi responds clearly on financial fair play

« Thank you for asking this question, I was waiting for it and I will be able to say it clearly“. Nasser Al-Khelaïfi was a little fed up with people saying that his club plays with UEFA’s financial rules. So when the BBC journalist placed right in front of him unsheathed the question on the financial means deployed to make Messi arrive, the Parisian president made things clear: “We have known the rules of the FPF since day one, we have always respected them and before doing anything, we meet with our legal, financial teams … if we sign Leo, we can. .The presentation is calm, clear, and Nasser Al-Khelaïfi also insisted on the commercial benefits and in terms of enormous image for the club, which will cushion its blow. An impact that has already been felt: “From a business point of view, in three days, you have to see the numbers: the impact is incredible.The interminable queues in front of the Champs-Élysées and Parc des Princes boutiques to get the jersey stamped with number 30 have already partly proved him right. “I still hope that Lionel will not ask for an increase for all that.He still smiled. Everything in its time.

Not a single question about Sergio Ramos

This is one of the curiosities of this transfer from Lionel Messi to Paris Saint-Germain: the Argentinian will find himself playing in the same team as Sergio Ramos, a guy with whom he has taken the beak countless numbers of times in the past 17 years whenClassicfiery between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. Still, no questions at this press conference focused on their future relationship as teammates. It must be said that the number of questions allocated by the club to journalists was very light: a small fortnight, no more. We will wait for the first collective training to get an idea.

Omar Da Fonseca is a fool

Lurking in the shadows at the back of the auditorium of the Parc des Princes, he awaited his moment, his hour of glory. He the Argentinian, former Paris Saint-Germain player, who has commented so much on Barça and Messi’s Liga matches on BeIN Sports, has necessarily been a major player in this somewhat crazy morning. As soon as the press conference was over, it exploded: like an ultra on a bend, it started yelling “Messi! Messi!», Forgetting that he did not have in front of him a platform filled with football supporters but an audience of journalists forced to keep a minimum of seriousness (some have cracked, let’s face it). The brave Omar still offered a good time of laughter – or embarrassment, it depends. And was able to leave arm in arm with Messi, him.
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By Alexandre Aflalo, at the Parc des Princes


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