For the second day of the group stage of the Champions League this Tuesday, September 28, it is a shock that looms between PSG and Manchester City. Monday, September 27 whether or not Lionel Messi will be on the scoresheet, he is injured in the knee. What is certain is that this match will be followed in Argentina. Forgotten Barça, PSG has become the European club most followed by Argentines.
Impossible to miss. In the center of Buenos Aires, in the windows of the shopping arcades on rue Lavalle, fake PSG jerseys are everywhere. The official tunic has not yet arrived in Argentina. To the delight of the small shops in the district specializing in the sale of replica football kits. Since the arrival of Lionel Messi in the French capital, the Parisian jersey is the most sought after by Argentines. In stores, it is now displayed alongside those of Boca Juniors and River Plate, the two most popular clubs in the country.
Caps, shorts and even masks with the PSG logo
René, 55 years old, printed the face of the Pulga to display it at the top of the centers which again becomes the blue tunics and in front of its room. It’s the best thing he has found to show passers-by that the precious outfit is at home. There is the home, outdoor version and even the alternative worn for the first time by the Parisians this Saturday, September 25 against Montpellier.
” We also have caps, socks, pants, shorts and even anti-covid masks. All with the PSG logo and Messi’s number 30 », Lists the seller. René now follows all the Paris matches in streaming on the old computer behind him. ” I’m looking for Messi and for my business! “, Laughs the fifties:” LThe Paris jersey is the one I sell the most now. I have to sell about fifteen a day. There is an incredible boom! “.
You just have to go for a walk in the various parks and stadiums of the city to notice it. Most of them “picaditos”, these little improvised football matches, there is now often – if not always – a participant who wears a Parisian tunic. If the jersey was present in the streets of Buenos Aires in recent years thanks to the Neymar-Mbappé effect, the arrival of Messi had already increased the popularity of PSG to a level edited in Argentina.
Ezequiel, in his forties, has just bought the Parisian jersey on an online sales site. He’s wrong but he doesn’t care. ” I wanted mine “, Explains simply the father who discovered Ligue 1 for a few weeks. This Saturday, he accompanied his son Benicio, 10, to play football with his friends at the Las Heras park located in the district of Palermo. Six children are fighting over the ball. Three of them wear the flocked Parisian tunic of the 30.
Now he wants to go to Paris
” My son before me asked for the jersey before it came out. He like a madman ”, says Ezequiel who did not resist very long:“ The kids have Messi in the heart as we had Maradona. “Beni” wanted to go to Barcelona. Now he wants to go to Paris. We’re starting to save! “And to store the Barça jerseys in the closet.
A few kilometers away, Idrissa Gueye’s comment echoed in Zaida’s bar. It is a little after 4 p.m. in Buenos Aires. The screens of Locos por el Futbol broadcast live the meeting between PSG and Montpellier. Messi injured, the game did not score many customers. No matter. From now on, all the meetings of the Parisian club will be broadcast here. ” This is our new team “, Explains Zaida:” I have more and more people asking me if we skip the matches. Here, on supports the club where Messi plays “.
We’re all for PSG now
The Argentines seem to have zapped. From Barça matches to those in Paris. ” Messi’s first match against Reims had the same audience as a Boca or River match “, Explains Gastón Edul, journalist for the television channel Tyc Sports:” I believe that the Argentines will see and know all the French teams from now on. This was not the case at all before. That’s what Messi is causing here. If he had gone to China, we would all have watched the Chinese championship! “
While it is currently impossible to quantify it, there is no doubt that Paris has won supporters in Argentina in recent weeks. This will at least make it possible to swell the ranks of the ” PSG Buenos Aires fan club “. The group, recognized by the institution, was founded last year in the heart of the pandemic. It was Ulises Cortes, 31, who created it with a group of friends who used to play kicking while wearing the Parisian colors. Bus driver in La Plata, an hour’s drive south of the capital, he explains that he fell in love with PSG “for Pastore”.
The club has already given him a gift. During the presentation of Messi, Ulises was invited to greet el Flaco present that day at the Parc des Princes. It was remotely via Zoom. ” But it was amazing ” according to him. The group of supporters in Argentina now has around 20 members. ” We received a lot of requests to join the fan club », Says the founder:« This is especially for Messi. We are developing. For now, we’ve barely been born “. Due to the pandemic, the “PSG Fan Club Buenos Aires has not been able to meet” so far. They hope to do it very soon so that they can shout together the first Parisian goal of their idol.