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Lionel Messi met some young fans at Paris Saint-Germain’s training ground on Wednesday

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Sep-20 21:21 first published at 21:21 PM


In the Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain defeated Maccabi Haifa 3-1, with Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe setting each other up and Neymar scoring late to cap an otherwise poor performance. After Maccabi midfielder Tjaronn Chery lobbed in a cross in the 24th minute, Messi equalized in the 37th minute with Mbappe’s right-wing cross. Argentina captain Messi has now scored against a record 39 different opponents in the Champions League.
The UEFA Champions League’s official Twitter account shared a video of the event on social media. “When you meet Leo Messi,” the message on the post said. The message has received over 2,70,000 views since it was posted on the microblogging platform a few hours ago. In the video, one of the kids approaches Messi and asks for a hug, while another boy kisses the Argentine superstar. This season, Messi has appeared in eleven games for PSG, including two in the UEFA Champions League and one in the Trophee des Champions. The 35-year-old has five goals, one of which was scored in the Champions League and one in the Trophee des Champions. He has eight assists this season as well.
The sporting director of Paris Saint-Germain FC, Luis Campos, has stated that he has already approached Lionel Messi about extending his stay at the club.
However, when his contract with PSG expires next year, the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner’s future is in jeopardy. While the 35-year-old has the option of extending his contract for another year, there has been widespread speculation that Barcelona wishes to re-sign him. At the same time, PSG is attempting to re-sign him. Campos, their newly hired sports director, has admitted to talking with Messi about staying at Parc des Princes for another three years.
With six points, PSG leads Group H, as does Benfica, which defeated Juventus 2-1 in the other game. PSG, on the other hand, struggled at times against a Maccabi team led by the smooth Chery. During Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League match against Maccabi Haifa of Israel on Wednesday night, Achraf Hakimi was booed. The 23-year-old right-back came on as a substitute in the 83rd minute and was booed by home fans due to his strong support for Palestinian rights. Hakimi touched his ear in response to the loud booing from the home crowd. Hakimi is a vocal supporter of the Palestinian cause, and he took to Twitter last year to express his outrage when Israeli authorities evacuated residents of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

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