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Messi’s debut in navy blue, trading the stripes for PSG



For the first time in 17 years, Messi makes his debut as the new recruit – only to sit on the bench for half the game.

Messi makes his debut in PSG navy

Lionel Messi took to the field in Paris Saint-Germain’s (PSG) navy blue in what was his first game for the team.

The ex-Barcelona player commenced his debut match on the bench before coming on as a substitute for PSG in Sunday’s match against the Stade Reims.

Despite Messi’s debut being a key contributor behind the 20,545 tickets sold, it was Kylian Mbappe’s two-goal performance which gave PSG supporters their money’s worth.

The 34-year-old was invited out onto the field at Auguste Delaune Stadium in the game’s 66th minute, replacing teammate Neymar. 

It was a move that sent PSG fans cheering in uproar.

While Messi was unable to nab a goal for his newfound team, he worked alongside Mbappe in a pairing punters anticipate to be a great one.

The match was the Argentine’s first game in three weeks with his last appearance dating back to July 11 where he led his country to victory in the Copa America Final. 

A move that still has its politics

Messi’s move to PSG didn’t come without controversy, following a Barcelona member’s complaint with a French Court.  

PSG has signed Messi on for two years, with the deal set to be worth 35 million euros per season.

Written by Rebecca Borg

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Rafa Nadal pulls out of French Open



The Spaniard has failed to regain full fitness from a hip injury sustained earlier this year

Rafa Nadal has delivered news that no tennis fan wanted to hear.

The King of Clay will miss the French Open after failing to regain full fitness from a hip injury suffered at the Australian Open back in January.

The 14-time Roland Garros winner says he expects to retire following the 2024 season.

Nadal has dominated the clay court season for close to two decades.

The 22-time Grand Slam champion fronted a widely anticipated press conference at his tennis academy in Mallorca to drop the bombshell, saying its the right thing to do for his body and personal happiness.

“I’ll look to be 100% ready for next year, which I believe will be the last year of my professional career,” Nadal told a news conference at his tennis academy in Mallorca, Spain.

“The evolution of the injury I sustained in Australia has not gone as I would have liked. I have lost goals along the way, and Roland Garros becomes impossible.”

“I’ll not establish a date for my return. I’ll see how my body responds and take it from there,” said the 36-year-old. “If I keep playing at this moment, I don’t think I can be there next year.

“I don’t know if I’ll be able to come back in the highest level and compete for Grand Slams. What I will try to do is to give myself the opportunity to go back to what could be my final year competing at the highest level.”

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China expresses concerns about ‘politicisation of sports’



The East Asian nation raised the issue when Premier Li met with the head of the IOC, Thomas Bach

China has expressed concerns to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) about the politicisation of sporting events.

The issue was raised when Chinese Premier Li Qiang met Thomas Bach, the head of the IOC, in Beijing over the weekend.

“China’s efforts to promote the Olympic spirit will never cease, and [China is] ready to work with IOC to oppose the politicisation of sports, and make further contributions to the Olympic movement,” Li said.

It is rare for China to raise such concerns with the IOC in public, and it was the first time it had made such comments since the Winter Olympics in Beijing early last year.

The United States and several of its allies took part in a diplomatic boycott of the Games, citing alleged human rights abuse in China’s far west region of Xinjiang.

Beijing has repeatedly denied the accusation and said it opposes any attempts to politicise sporting events.

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Tasmanian AFL team becomes reality



Tasmania will have a team in the AFL after all 18 current teams agreed to the motion

An exciting day for residents of the Australian state of Tasmania today.

Outgoing AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan confirming Tasmania has been granted the league’s 19th licence.

It follows the nation’s federal government confirming it will cover the $240 million shortfall to fund a new multi-purpose stadium at Macquarie Point.

This has long been viewed as Tasmania’s most significant hurdle for entry into the league.

All 18 clubs supported the state’s bid, before the AFL Commission agreed to a formal ratification.

McLachlan fronted a press conference at North Hobart Oval, alongside Premier Jeremy Rockliff, Acting Prime Minister Richard Marles and a whole host of players.

The CEO says the decision “will finally make [the] competitions truly national”. #trending #featured

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