Lionel Messi, a star for Paris Saint-Germain, has come under fire after it was discovered that his private jet made 52 trips in just three months.
For his international excursions, Messi rents a £12 million private plane, and he frequently makes it available to his family and friends.
The 35-year-old, who recently returned to PSG after playing for Argentina on their tour of the United States, has come under fire from the French media for his carbon footprint.
L’Equipe has found that between June and August of this year, Messi’s private plane flew 52 times for a total of 368 hours.
A typical French person would emit 1,502 tonnes of CO2 over the course of 150 years, which is how much was produced by these excursions.
Following Christophe Galtier’s denial of a query on his team’s usage of the mode of transportation to away matches, the use of private planes in French football has drawn attention in recent weeks.
Galtier joked that the team was looking into the possibility of travelling by “sand yacht” after being questioned about why PSG travelled by private jet to an away match against Nantes, which is only two hours away by train. Kylian Mbappe, who was seated next to him, laughed at the comment.
Galtier was forced to issue an apology after his remarks sparked outrage in France.
“I regret it nowadays, laughing is not allowed. A joke told at the incorrect time. But trust me when I say that I am concerned about the issues facing the globe”Galtier remarked, as quoted by Get French Football News
“I am aware of our obligation. We are not separated, despite what I’ve heard. The joke was offensive. However, making it into a scandal makes us appear to be someone we are not.”
My players and the club both care a lot about the environment. We took a bus to Lille. We are aware of the issues involved.
“Naturally, I’m sorry, but I don’t think it’s easy to laugh in France. even though I quickly realised when I got home that my joke wasn’t very good.”
Get French Football News claims that PSG is one of the worst offenders when it comes to using private jets for Ligue 1 teams’ away travel.
Montpellier, on the other hand, travels by coach to seven of their away games, using private jets the least.
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