Lionel Messi might not get to showcase his World Cup trophy at the Parc des Princes next week as the Paris Saint-Germain take on Strasbourg at home on Wednesday.

Messi, Argentina’s Messiah who led them to their third World Cup triumph in Qatar a few days back after they beat France 3-3 (4-2 on penalties), had reportedly requested the PSG management to allow him to show case his World Cup trophy to his fans at Paris. It is likely that the club’s management will not consent to the 35-year-old Argentine legend’s wish as they are fearful of consequences.

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Club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi conceded that the request is reasonable but said that the management is worried about the reaction from the French crowd which might not take it very sportively.

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While Messi is their own player and they love him for that, the French public are obviously disappointed that Les Bleus came excruciatingly close to a second consecutive title (would have been the first in 60 years) after they came back twice from behind to take the match to the penalty shootout where Argentina came out on top.

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The officials are afraid that such a display by Messi, who was pivotal in the French’s defeat, could potentially enrage the French fans. They have been reminded off the recent stampede incident in a football stadium in Indonesia, where the incident led to the death of over 130 individuals in the mad frenzy.

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However, one of the highlights of the December 28 encounter is that Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappé, the colossal rivals on December, who shared all the match’s five goals between them, will again be seen on the same side for Paris’ premium team. While Messi won the Golden Ball (best player of the tournament) award for the second time in his career, Mbappe won the Golden Boot award for scoring the highest number of goals in the event (8).