Lionel Messi has not been able to start off well yet in his new club, PSG. However, his special clause has been activated this weekend, which made him unavailable again while Le Parisien played host to the newly promoted side, Clermont Foot after making only one appearance from the bench on the road against Brest before the international break.
The Argentine has reportedly inserted a certain clause when he joined the PSG on a free transfer season in his two-year contract. This clause, according to TyC Sports, is recognised as the 'Argentina clause' considering his priority for his national team, especially following his success in ending the title drought for Albiceleste in the recent Copa America 2021. Such clause includes Messi's unavailability for PSG when it comes to a fixture clash between the Ligue 1 side and Argentina. The tight or probably congested international fixtures, either for world cup qualifiers or friendly games due to this pandemic, travel ban as well as the quarantine policy just like this weekend would see the activation of Messi's so called Argentina clause for the first time. The former Barcelona man would put his country first for more titles before the end of his international career. He is more motivated and seen to enjoy more playing for his country under Lionel Scaloni. Another clause included is related to the Argentina national team's staff's access to PSG's facilities. Such was easily approved as Le Parisien have Argentinean boss Mauricio Pocchettino who has been in charge of the club since earlier this year, and three names in the squad, Angel Di Maria, Leandro Paredes and Mauro Icardi. Only the first two are regularly called up in the Scaloni's squad while Icardi has been busier with his injury recovery.
Last night, PSG had no difficulty while romping to 4-0 win against Clermont Foot. It was staged just one day after Argentina's last world cup qualifying round fixture versus Bolivia. Messi netted a hattrick there at Estadio Monumental which broke another Pele's record as the leading all-time top scorer in South America for international fixtures. La Pulga has scored 79 goals, exceeding Pele's 77 goals which has lasted for years.