A photo of summer, a photo of the year, a decade, a photo of the 21st century - Lionel Messi took off his Barcelona jersey after 21 years and put on the equipment of another club. Paris Saint-Germain, by many the most powerful sports team on the planet, took the big win.
The most grandiose in its not-so-rich history. Two days before the club's 51st birthday, one of the greatest football players of all time and an icon of the last generation, he officially initialed a two-year contract with the Parisians, and he took the jersey with the number 30.
PSG don't have the most valuable trophy - they are not even the most trophy club in France - so in that sense, they do not belong to the European giants of the first order with Real, Milan, Liverpool, Bayern or Barcelona, but the arrival of Messi is certainly a historic step towards that society.
In the 80's they had Safet Sušić, Rochetau, Bats, Luis Fernandez. In the 90's George Weah, Rai, Ginola, and Okocha. At the beginning of the new millennium, Ronaldinho's magic raised Princes' Park to its feet, followed by Pauletta, Cavani, Ibrahimovic, Di Maria, Thiago Silva ...
PSG demonstrated amazing power when they took Neymar from Barcelona in the biggest transfer of all time, and they became the European mark after adding the best young player on the planet, Kylian Mbappe, to the Brazilian.
During all that time, the club grew rapidly, came close to Marseille and Saint-Etienne in terms of the number of titles, played in the quarterfinals, semifinals, and finally the finals of the Champions League last year. The multimillionaires from Qatar spent almost a BILLION AND A HALF EUROS to get in a position to deal with the biggest and provide the club with a status such that one of the greatest of all time says - that's it, I'll play in Paris!
Lionel Messi is the biggest "trophy" in the history of Paris Saint-Germain. So if he is one of the status symbols, the jewels of modern football - and few will be able to refute that claim - Paris can finally shout that they have a football great.
Because with Messi in the PSG team, that is it. Now the biggest, real trophies are coming as a consequence ... However, Pochettino will have the task of motivating the team and calming the passions that currently reign in Paris. Given the playing staff, he should have no problem winning those biggest trophies