Lionel Messi is a doubt for Paris Saint-Germain’s Ligue 1 fixture against Nice after falling ill in the wake of his Ballon d’Or triumph during Monday’s ceremony
Lionel Messi has fallen ill with a stomach bug just one day after he was presented with a seventh Ballon d’Or.
The Paris Saint-Germain superstar, 34, mingled with the great and the good of football’s past and present during a flashy ceremony at the Theatre du Chatelet on Monday night.
But the Argentine’s mood has taken a turn for the worse as he is suffering from symptoms of gastroenteritis, a common stomach ailment.
PSG confirmed the news on Tuesday, meaning Messi is a doubt for their Ligue 1 fixture against Nice at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday night.
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“A further check will be made tomorrow morning.”
If Messi is unavailable for the visit of Nice, PSG will hope he recovers from illness in time for their trip to Lens on Saturday.
“It’s very special! It’s my first year in the Paris Saint-Germain shirt, for me it’s a great honour,” Messi told PSG TV of his latest individual title.
“It’s something special and totally different to win this award here, at home, in the city where I live.
“Before, this had never happened to me because I played in Barcelona, so what I’m experiencing today is something extremely special.”
Quizzed on whether he will target an eighth success at PSG, Messi insisted his priority is to win major honours with the club.
“I’m not thinking about that, I always think about the team trophies first,” he responded. “Our objectives are clear, we have the ambition to win all the trophies as a team.
“We don’t have time to think about individual things. We work every day and step by step we are growing to reach our goals as a team.”
PSG lead Ligue 1 by 12 points and they have qualified for the Champions League last 16.