Srinagar: Argentina skipper and Paris Saint-Germain star Lionel Messi has apologized to PSG and his teammates for his unauthorised trip to Saudi Arabia that was followed by club suspending the star footballer.
“First of all, I want to apologise to my team-mates and the club. Honestly, I thought we were going to have a day off after the game like we did in previous weeks,” Messi said in a video posted.
“I had this trip organised, which I had cancelled already. I could not cancel it again. I repeat, I want to say sorry for what I did. I am waiting to hear what the club want to do with me.”
After the suspension it has been revealed that Messi will leave PSG at the end of the season, with the French champions not planning to offer the forward a new contract.
The Argentina international is understood to had asked PSG for permission to travel on a personal promotional trip to Saudi Arabia, which he did on Sunday night, having twice postponed a scheduled commercial trip due to team defeats.
However, Messi did not get that permission and was therefore suspended for two games and fined two weeks’ wages after a day of meetings between the club’s hierarchy.
Messi joined PSG in the summer of 2021 on a two-year deal after leaving Barcelona due to their financial issues.
The 35-year-old has played 71 times for the French side, scoring 31 goals, recording 34 assists and lifting the title in 2022.