PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN have confirmed Lionel Messi and three other players have tested positive for Covid.
The 34-year-old was back in his home town of Rosario to celebrate Christmas and New Years with friends and family.
But Messi was a no-show on the private plane that took his Paris Saint-Germain team-mates Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes back to the French capital on Saturday.
Messi referenced Covid in his last Instagram post on Saturday, saying he was thankful for everything 2021 had brought him in a year in which 'many people had suffered because of this s****y virus.'
One leading paper flagged up the fact the country is currently battling a third wave of coronavirus and said: “It’s not clear if PSG gave Messi more holiday time or whether his flight itinerary changed at the last moment.”
Messi and his wife were filmed singing and dancing at a private party after returning to Argentina for the festive season.
The same night, Messi met famous Argentinian DJ Fer Palacio.
The Argentine last played for PSG in their 1-1 draw with FC Lorient on December 22.
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Mauro Icardi, who also jetted to Argentina on the same plane as Messi, Paredes and Di Maria on December 23, is also said to have been a no-show on the return flight.
The situation at Messi’s former club Barcelona is even worse, with coronavirus sidelining 10 players including Sergino Dest and Philippe Coutinho.
Barcelona manager Xavi has described the decision to go ahead with Sunday's match against Mallorca 'madness' after revealing 18 players were out because of Covid, injuries and suspensions.
A string of hugely positive studies show Omicron IS milder than other strains, with the first official UK report revealing the risk of hospitalisation is 50 to 70 per cent lower than with Delta.
Covid booster jabs protect against Omicron and offer the best chance to get through the pandemic, health officials have repeatedly said.
The Sun's Jabs Army campaign is helping get the vital extra vaccines in Brits' arms to ward off the need for any new restrictions.
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