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Lionel Messi tests positive for Covid-19

The novel coronavirus well and truly has all of Europe’s football leagues firmly in its grip once again. After returning to relative normalcy in the latter half of 2021, the surge caused by the Omicron variant has caused chaos just before the Christmas break. Now, even seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi has not been spared.

Paris Saint-Germain has confirmed that Messi is among four members of the squad who have returned positive Covid-19 test results. Apart from the Argentine, defender Juan Bernat, goalkeeper Sergio Rico and midfielder Nathan Bitumazala have also been infected.

Messi is currently in Argentina, and won’t be allowed to travel back to France until he returns a negative test result. As such, he will once again miss matches for PSG. The 34-year-old joined the club last summer, and has only appeared in 16 games in all competitions. His season has been hampered by a number of injuries, but that did not stop him from scoring 6 goals so far. Nevertheless, expectations were much higher when he made the move to Paris from his boyhood club, FC Barcelona.