Lionel Messi, the captain of Argentina, has been given a two-week suspension by Paris St-Germain for traveling to Saudi Arabia this week without the club’s permission.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner’s two-year contract with PSG expires in the summer.
Due to his unauthorized personal promotional trip to Saudi Arabia, Lionel Messi has been suspended by Paris Saint-Germain.
Messi is believed to have asked PSG for permission to visit the country.
Which he did on Sunday night after twice canceling a planned business trip there due to team defeats.
Messi, however, did not obtain that authorization, and as a result, following a day of meetings with the club’s hierarchy.
He was given a two-game suspension and a two-week pay fine.
On Monday, the 35-year-old was pictured in Riyadh and announced his visit on social media.
Messi already serves as a tourism ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
The level of response from the club, who have decided against publicly commenting, is evidence of a new policy at PSG.
Led by president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, where everyone will be subject to the same rules and no one will be bigger than the club.
Messi will now miss the Ligue 1 games against Troyes and Ajaccio, but he could make a comeback for the game on May 21 against Auxerre.
The World Cup winner, who is nearing the end of a two-year contract with the Ligue 1 leaders, reportedly wanted to see their sporting plans for the upcoming season before agreeing to a new deal.
Messi, who has returned to Paris tonight (Tuesday), posted on his Instagram in partnership with VisitSaudi a picture of a row of palm trees with the caption:
“Who thought Saudi has so much green? I love to explore its unexpected wonders whenever I can. #visitsaudi.”
The post was liked by more than 5.6m people.
Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal wants to sign Messi
Al Hilal, a Saudi Arabian club, wants to sign Messi this summer when his contract with PSG expires.
They are willing to give him an exorbitant £400 million for just one season in order to sell a league that includes both Cristiano Ronaldo and the 2022 World Cup champion.