The fiery temper of Lionel Messi came out during a heated training ground moment before the match between Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique de Marseille. L’Equipe reported that Vitinha, the 23-year-old midfielder, had performed a firm challenge which riled up the talismanic Argentine. Despite his age, it appears he was prepared to stand his ground. His description of what happened as “fiery” suggests that Messi wasn’t willing to let such an incident slide lightly. The clash of egos signifies just how serious both sides will be when they take to the field later today in a make or break game for both teams.
Christophe Galtier’s side are days away from what promises to be a titanic battle at the top of the French Ligue 1 table against powerhouse Olympique Marseille. Many pundits have excitement bubbling over as the two heavyweights clash, but with the stakes this high, tensions have been rising within Galtier’s camp. His players are determined to gain even a slight advantage heading into a match that could potentially shape the standings for months to come. They know not only their careers, but also their club’s legacy is on the line and nobody wants to be responsible for returning home empty-handed – but only one team can come out on top in Le Classique.
Lionel Messi has been in incredible form for Paris Saint-Germain this season, scoring 16 goals and providing 14 assists in just 27 games. He wrote his name into Ligue 1 folklore once again when he scored a stunning last-gasp free-kick to break Lille hearts as PSG claimed a 4-3 win. It is testament to the Argentina’s quality that, at the age of 33, he continues to show remarkable quality that few players can match. With several more months of the season left, it will be exciting to see what other moments of magic he can provide before the campaign comes to an end.
Vitinha was an inspired signing for the French club this season. Despite not joining until the start of the campaign, he has quickly become a regular starter in the team’s playing XI, featuring 28 times and making 33 appearances overall across all competitions to date. His contributions have proved invaluable to the side and demonstrate his commitment to their cause. One can only speculate about how their season might have gone were it not for his ambition and dedication. Not only has he been reliable on the pitch but also popular with fans who are likely to be sad to see him go if rumors of interest from other teams prove true.
Galtier’s side have been on a stunning run of form so far this season, with their hard-working and resilient style taking them to the top of the Ligue 1 table. With an amazing 24 league matches played, they have managed to collect 57 points – five more than second-placed Marseille. Their success has almost certainly been down to their strong defensive unit, who have conceded just 15 goals all season, reinforcing their status as one of Europe’s toughest sides in the Champions League this year. Although the season is still ongoing and there is a lot of football yet be played, Galtier’s team are surely on course for glory this term.