Argentine superstar Lionel Messi postponed a visit to Egypt to promote a campaign to fight Hepatitis C in the wake of Barcelona’s defeat by Paris Saint-Germain, Egypt’s tourism ministry said Wednesday.
“The visit has been officially postponed, (Messi) said he could not come at the last minute,” said ministry spokeswoman Omaima al-Husseini. She said he was rescheduling the visit.
Paris Saint-Germain defeated Barcelona 4-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday in a major upset for the Spanish giants.
Lionel Messi and his Barcelona team suffered humiliation at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League. The Catalans lost 4-0 at the Parc de Prances. They were outplayed in every category and it was a tactical masterclass from Unai Emery.
Messi had an off day in what was described as one his worst performances in a Barcelona shirt. Indeed it was that dominant of a performance from the hosts and they have probably put the tie beyond the Catalans despite the second leg being at the Nou Camp.
The result left the players and the coach in shock and in light of the of the defeat, Lionel Messi canceled his trip to Egypt. The Argentine was scheduled to fly to the African nation but decided against it after what had happened.
Even Lionel Messi is currently the top scorer in the UEFA Champions League this season with 10 goals. It was a clash between the top scorers of the tournament with Edinson Cavani having 6 goals prior to the game.
It looks like he won’t be able to extend that goal tally beyond a certain number if Barcelona are knocked out in the round of 16.
Barcelona came into this game as favorites but nobody expected the scoreline of 4-0 by the end of the game. It was arguably the club’s worst ever performance in the last decade and that included a 4-0 humiliation at Bayern Munich as well.
But considering Messi was not there for the majority of that fixture due to injury this loss can be attributed to an ever worse performance. Messi would have been hurt after that game and it is understandable that he decided to skip the event in Cairo.
Messi and Co. will have to now concentrate on La Liga and ty to forget what’s happened in the Champions League. It’s not often a club of their level are defeated so mercilessly but they have every chance of turning it around at the Camp Nou given the quality of players at their disposal.