Lionel Messi is officially a Paris Saint-Germain player but fans of the club might have to wait for some time before seeing one of the greatest players of all time donning their jersey in Ligue 1.
Messi watched from the stands as PSG beat Strasbourg 4-2 in matchday 2 of Ligue 1's 2021-22 season.
The Argentine maestro has been out of action since leading his country to Copa America glory in Brazil on July 10. He was out on vacation till a day before his first PSG training session on August 12.
Now that Messi has joined the team, there is no doubt he would need some time to recuperate and come back to his prime fitness before he can start games for his new club.
In general, new signings are given two to three weeks of settlement period in case they had a prolonged end to the last season and a shorter vacation in the off-season.
This means, Messi could be making his debut for PSG straight after the first international break of the season in September, when he will feature for his country in the World Cup qualifiers.
PSG’s first game after the international break will be a Ligue 1 game at home against Clermont Foot on September 12, followed by what could be Messi's UEFA Champions League debut with PSG in the following days. (September 14th/15th)
Sky Sports, meanwhile, have reported that Messi is expected to make his PSG debut on August 29 against Reims.
PSG head coach Mauricio Pochettino on Lionel Messi: "We will take it step-by-step, get to know each other and have him feel fit and comfortable so that he is able to make his debut when he is fully fit"