In the homeland of the Pulga, the Messi soap opera has been followed minute by minute since last Thursday. Disappointed by Barça, many Argentines now think they support the PSG of their national hero. Local media are already tweaking their exceptional coverage of Ligue 1.

All they want is to see him happy. And in Catalonia it was no longer. The image of their sobbing idol last Sunday in Barcelona was unbearable for most Argentines to see. Especially when she stepped in just a month after seeing him in tears, of joy this time, when it was time to finally lift a trophy with the Albiceleste. “Barça, I don’t want to see him play anymore. Even in my garden ” , tweeted angrily Néstor Gorosito, former emblematic player of River Plate, San Lorenzo and the selection. In a few characters, “Pipo” and his Balavoinian mane summed up the feelings of many of his fellow citizens at the end of last week: “Laporta you have no forgiveness. You kicked out God from your house ” . He shouldn’t have gone. But when the face of the Pulga, all smiles at Le Bourget, appeared live on television on Tuesday, it was a good part of Argentina who smiled with him.

“Paris was not the favorite team here, but now that Messi is there, yes. Now we are all Parisians. ” Ezequiel

Seated in a café in the Portègne district of Villa Crespo, Ezequiel, 36, misses nothing of the scene broadcast by a dozen special edition televisions since early in the morning. On the screen, Messi, white t-shirt “Here is Paris”, hides his joy behind a red and blue mask. ” Seeing him with these colors surprises me and makes me happy, he confides between two medialunas, local croissants. I’m glad to see him leave a toxic environment and explore other championships. I wanted to see him at a club other than Barça once in my life. I would have liked to see him at Newell’s but I think the budget is not quite the same as that of PSG. Paris was not the favorite team here, but now that Messi is there, yes. Now we are all Parisians. ”

A few blocks away, the officialization of the arrival of Rosarino in the French capital has put Camiseta Nani in turmoil. In Buenos Aires, this is the must-have store for any football shirt collector. Here, we find a long-sleeved tunic of the Argentinian selection flocked Gallardo dating from the World 98, another with the 16 of the first match of Riquelme with the Albiceleste or, and it is a little more surprising, a jersey of FC Lorient of the final of the Coupe de la Ligue 2002 lost against Bordeaux. But what drives the boss Ricardo are the phone calls, the messages on Instagram and WhatsApp, which have not stopped since midday. “Everyone wants the PSG jersey with the name Messi on it. It’s madness ” , he explains while his employee flocks a Parisian tunic version 2017 with the number 30 and the name of the six-fold Golden Ball. Business is business.

“For us, it will be the opportunity to experience a championship that we do not know well here. Each club that will face Messi, it will be a story to tell. ” Bruno Sturari, journalist at Ole

“Ligue 1 will be more covered than La Liga”

In the editorial staff of the sports daily Ole, the pace does not weaken. obviously Messi has been in the news since last Thursday. This Tuesday, the newspaper bombs the chest because it also boasts of having announced the agreement with PSG exclusively in its pages. For twenty years, Ole wrote an incalculable number of pages retracing the adventure of the Pulga in Barcelona. Until now, Ligue 1, it occupied only half a page. A little more if an Argentinian player shone on the French lawns or when Marcelo Bielsa was leading in France. And now ? “With Messi in Paris it changes everything, announces Bruno Sturari, journalist for the only sports daily in the country. I think Ligue 1 will now be more covered than La Liga. Everything we did around Barcelona was for Messi. Now that he’s gone, all the attention will be focused on Ligue 1 and Paris. For us, it will be the opportunity to experience a championship that we do not know well here. Each club that will face Messi, it will be a story to tell. Who is Leo playing against? Who will mark it? All PSG matches will be watched as if they were an additional Argentinian club. A new era begins. ”

Shared with the Direct TV channel last year, ESPN has this year recovered the full broadcast of the matches of the French championship. Not far from shouting “Jackpot!” “On the air, host Gustavo López keeps reminding throughout the afternoon that the channel, owned by Disney, will broadcast well “Paris – Estrasbourgo” this Saturday at 4 p.m. local time. Ligue 1 is us! In the evening, the TYC Sports channel opened its flagship debate show by broadcasting images of Messi to an air of Zaz and spent a good part of its program asking a French journalist invited on the set how Brest, Troyes or Clermont are pronounced and what are the teams that can annoy PSG, read“Péhesséjé” in Argentina. Welcome to the fourth dimension.

By Georges Quirino Chaves, in Buenos Aires
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