French professional football club, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) have lost more than over half a million followers on Instagram since they announced Lionel Messi’s departure from the team.
French news outlet Instant Foot revealed the sharp drop in numbers via their Twitter account, posting two images depicting the ‘before’ and ‘after’ scenarios.
Lionel Messi’s arrival at PSG was one of the most-awaited and widely anticipated events in world football after he signed with the Parisians in 2021 following nearly two decades with FC Barcelona.
The club onboarded him on an initial two-year deal, with an option of extending for a third year.
However, it seems that Messi has refused the option and is now keen to move on to the next step in his highly-decorated career.
Lionel Messi spent two seasons with PSG, winning Ligue 1 in both campaigns, as well as the Trophee des Champions in 2022.
The Argentine made 75 appearances for the Parisians across competitions, scoring 32 goals and providing 35 assists. He also reached the peak of his achievements, lifting the World Cup with La Albiceleste in Qatar last year.
PSG announced his departure with a short clip on their various social media accounts.
Their fans, however, did not take politely to this announcement, as many unfollowed PSG on Instagram. It is debatable as to how many of them were fans of the club or just die-hard fans of Lionel Messi.