Barcelona’s shocking announcement on Thursday that superstar Lionel Messi would be leaving the club is a “bomb” of global proportions, according to local media.
Less than a month after the six-time Ballon d’Or winner inspired his country to end their 27-year wait for a major international title in a 1-0 Copa America final victory over Brazilian rival , Messi’s homeland remained stunned.
“It is the end of a unique and undoubtedly incomparable legend”, writes the sports newspaper OlÃ©.
“One of the greatest stories in world football ends: the day we never imagined has finally arrived,” added OlÃ© in a tweet.
Newspaper La Nacion said this “unexpected turn” of events was “a bomb that rocked world football”.
TyCSports TV channel said the news was “hard to believe” in a tweet, adding that it was “the end of an era that forever marked football history.”
Just as the football world immediately began to speculate on which sackcloth club Messi would end up next, Argentina’s local teams have insolently allowed themselves to dream, even as the economic reality in the South American country hit by the recession would make even more the return to the sources. amazing event.
The hashtag “Welcome Leo” started popping up on Twitter as mock images of Messi wearing the jerseys of national giants Boca Juniors, River Plate, Newell’s Old Boys and San Lorenzo appeared, along with more modest outfits such as the Sacachispas FC.
The local press, however, immediately took an interest in where Messi, 34, will really end up next.
“Global shock …. will Paris Saint-Germain be his new club?” Clarin asked, speculating that the French Ligue 1 club were “the main candidate to add him to their galactic“including Kylian MbappÃ© and Neymar.
“Messi is in the prime of his life and with the goal of the World Cup in Qatar, which is why he continues to bet on European football,” added the newspaper, which stressed that he was being courted by the PSG, owned by Qatar, for many years.
Social media was also inundated with memes, including several featuring Messi’s compatriot Argentina, Sergio AgÃ¼ero, who joined Barcelona last month on a free transfer from Manchester City, saying he was eager to play with his friend.
– TIME / AFP