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Messi given guard of honour on PSG return

Messi given guard of honour on PSG return

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Publish on 01/05 at 02:12 - S. WILLIS

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Freshly crowned World Champion and putative GOAT Lionel Messi was given a fitting welcome by his club mates when he returned to training at Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.

The capital club proved enthusiastic in expressing appreciation for Lionel Messi as he returned to the Camp des Loges from an extended break in Argentina after captaining his country to global glory in Qatar in December.

Guard of honour

Flanked by his applauding club mates as he took the training pitch on Wednesday, La Pulga was handed a golden trophy by the PSG's Sporting Director Jorge Campos.

Messi is widely believed to be up for exercising the clause in his contract that would see him spend another season with the club after the current campaign comes to an end, but discussions are yet to begin.

Mbappé on holidays

Meanwhile, teammate Kylian Mbappé is enjoying a club-sanction ten days off - after returning to training just three days after he scored a hat-trick for France in the World Cup final - along with close friend and teammate Achraf Hakimi.

Thus coach Christophe Galtier could have his ex-Barcelona duo of Messi and Neymar Jr (back from suspension) in action for Friday's Coupe de France round of 64 clash away to Châteauroux, where they will be looking to bounce back from their first league defeat since March, 3-1 in Lens in Round 17.

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