Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) has suspended Lionel Messi for traveling to Saudi Arabia without the club’s permission. Messi had previously asked the Ligue 1 leaders for permission to travel to Saudi Arabia, but was denied as he had already postponed a scheduled commercial trip twice due to team defeats. PSG suspended Messi for two games and fined him two weeks’ wages after a day of meetings between the club’s hierarchy.
On Monday, the 35-year-old was pictured in Riyadh and advertised his presence in the country on social media. It is worth noting that Messi already serves as a tourism ambassador to Saudi Arabia. PSG is yet to make any official statement regarding the incident.
The level of response from the club shows a new policy at PSG, led by President Nasser Al-Khelaifi, where no one is bigger than the club, and the same rules will apply to everyone. The club’s decision to suspend Messi, a high-profile player, indicates that PSG is prioritizing its standards and principles over any individual’s status or reputation.
As a result of his suspension, Messi will miss the upcoming Ligue 1 matches against Troyes and Ajaccio. However, he may return for the match against Auxerre on May 21. This suspension will not only affect Messi’s performance but also that of the team, as he is an essential player for PSG. The club’s decision to take action against Messi highlights their commitment to upholding their values and expectations from players.