Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) is realizing the ‘power’ of Lionel Messi.
Messi broke up with PSG on the 4th after the last round of the French Ligue 1 this season against Cremont. While his contract with PSG expired this summer, Messi did not choose to renew his contract.
After Messi became ‘South and South’ with PSG, PSG Instagram followers decreased by about 2 million. Originally, PSG followers reached 70 million, but as of the 7th after Messi’s season ended, it has shrunk to about 68.2 million. The number of followers continues to drop and is expected to decrease further in the future.안전놀이터
PSG signed Messi two years ago in the summer of 2021. At the time, the number of followers was about 20 million, but it more than doubled to 40 million within a few days after signing with Messi. Since then, the number of followers has steadily increased and reached the current level. However, PSG, where Messi does not play, is in an atmosphere of returning to a team that is not interested in many soccer fans.
It is no exaggeration to say that Messi’s ripple effect is currently the greatest among sports stars around the world. Messi has about 460 million followers on Instagram. It is the second largest in the world after Cristiano Ronaldo (about 580 million). Born in 1987, he is a veteran in his mid-30s, but he is still showing off his skills and wielding enormous influence, such as winning the World Cup in Qatar last year.
Despite still being the ultimate superstar, Messi had a rather uneasy farewell to PSG. Some PSG home fans continued to boo and criticize Messi. In the last farewell game, Messi also showed poor performance amidst the booing of fans, and PSG also lost. Without applause, Messi left Paris.
It is known that Messi is currently contemplating between two options: returning to Barcelona or transferring to Saudi Arabia. Returning to Barcelona is the top priority, but if the transfer is canceled due to the club’s financial problems, it seems possible to go to Saudi Arabia. Ronaldo has already moved to Saudi Arabia’s Al Nasr last year, and Karim Benzema, whose contract with Real Madrid has expired, has confirmed his move to Al Ittihad. N’Golo Kante’s move to Al Ittihad is also likely. Messi could likewise join this ranks.