Lionel Messi won his seventh Ballon d’Or of his remarkable career on Monday, and the Paris Saint-Germain superstar was able to show off his latest honor in a Ligue 1 match against Nice on Saturday. Wednesday despite struggling with an upset stomach.
The iconic Argentina player appeared to be in good health as he extended his record Ballon d’Or reign during a star ceremony in the French capital.
After getting upset about the weather following the Ballon d’Or event, Messi was initially suspected of Wednesday’s clash with Nice even though he will be in the starting line-up.
In a fitness update published on the club’s official website on Tuesday, PSG said: “Lionel Messi and Leandro Paredes did not attend today’s training session due to symptoms of gastroenteritis. A further test will be carried out tomorrow morning. ”
But Messi has since recovered and was included in the squad and started on Wednesday. He will also show off his Ballon d’Or trophy to the home crowd before the game.
“He had a stomach ache on Tuesday,” a source told GOAL about Messi. “He will be there [against Nice] but may not feel 100%”.
Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping that Messi recovers in time to play at the Parc des Princes, as he will be without a number of other high-profile stars.
Brazil international Neymar will be missing for up to eight weeks after injuring an ankle ligament in his final game for PSG.
Julian Draxler is also sidelined with the German striker still weeks away from returning to action, while midfielder Ander Herrera will return to training ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Lens.
Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum is back in action, while Argentina striker Mauro Icardi is ready to replace Messi after returning to training on Tuesday.
Messi has been recognized as the best player on the planet, but it is not without controversy that many people think that Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski should have claimed it. Messi’s titles in 2021 include a Copa del Rey with Barcelona and a Copa America with Argentina in the summer.
The 34-year-old has scored just one Ligue 1 goal so far in 2021-22 and four in all competitions, with time out due to injury and illness hampering his progress. his.