Lionel Messi on Friday apologised for going on an unauthorised trip to Saudi Arabia that led to Argentina’s World Cup-winning captain being suspended by his club Paris Saint-Germain.
Messi made the apology in a video posted on Instagram to his 459 million followers.
“I honestly thought we were going to have the day off after the match as had happened in the previous weeks.
“I had organised this trip to Saudi Arabia having cancelled it previously. This time I couldn’t cancel it.”
I am sorry for what I did and I wait to see what the club decides,” he said.
The 35-year-old, who has also been fined by the club, has a role as a tourism ambassador for Saudi Arabia.
Writing by Chinasa Ossai; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu