The president of Paris Saint-Germain, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, was greeted with insults on Monday, upon his arrival in Barcelona, which will host the capital club on Tuesday (9 p.m., live on RMC Sport), in the eighth of Champions League final.
In Catalonia, it is unwise to touch the idol Messi. Nasser Al-Khelaïfi once again learned it the hard way when he arrived at the PSG hotel with the entire Parisian delegation on Monday, on the eve of the knockout stages of the Champions League which must oppose Paris Saint-Germain and Barça this Wednesday, at 9 p.m. (live on RMC Sport 1). The president of PSG was copiously insulted by a handful of Catalan supporters who were waiting for him at the turn. “Cowardly Messi, thief”, “Give me a million euros”, “Son of a ***”, we have heard them belching on images broadcast by Spanish television.
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PSG court Messi, Barça sees a destabilization
The rivalry between the two clubs has not only played out on the sports field in recent years. Since the arrival of QSI at the head of the capital club, the transfer market has sometimes tended to tense the two clubs. Barça courted Marco Verratti and Marquinhos in his time, and the Catalan giant never really digested that Paris Saint-Germain stole Neymar from him in 2017. The scar of what Barça experienced as a betrayal has never been closed. Worse, the wound has reopened since PSG, through the statements of Leonardo, its sporting director, and its players, has publicly positioned itself as a candidate to welcome Lionel Messi this summer.
It is one of the soap operas that could shake the next few months, while the Argentinian will be at the end of the contract next June. While waiting to know the outcome of this case, the speeches of PSG served to raise the sauce for this double confrontation in C1, Barça seeing it as a not very sporting destabilization maneuver in anticipation of this match which It is already shaping up to be very hot between the two teams, on the pitch and behind the scenes.