In anticipation of next season, Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are rejuvenating with their family while Karim Benzema and Romelu Lukaku are already in full physical preparation.
After a grueling season due to the Covid, repeat matches and international competitions, some players are still on vacation while others have already returned to training. Most already know where they will play next season but players like Mbappé or Pogba are still in doubt about their future. Supposed to be restful, player vacations can also be used to fuel transfer rumors or to prepare for the coming season. An overview of the football stars’ vacations and what to expect when they return.
Mbappé with Salt Bae
After the premature elimination against Switzerland in the round of 16 of the Euro, Kylian Mbappé decompressed in Mykonos. The striker, whose extension is at the center of the debates for the Parisian management, granted himself an outing to the restaurant of the famous chef Salt Bea. The star cook on the internet, appears regularly with various athletes such as Lionel Messi, Franck Ribéry, or even Didier Deschamps. Mbappé lent himself to the famous salting gesture popularized by the chef. After his vacation, the number 7 of PSG is expected the week of July 26 at the Camp des Loges to begin his preparation, just like Presnel Kimpembe, Danilo Pereira and the new recruit Georginio Wijnaldum, also eliminated at the stage of the eighth of the Euro. The other PSG players have resumed training a few weeks ago and will play their third preparation match against Augsburg on Wednesday evening.
If the future of Mbappé at PSG is talking a lot, that of Paul Pogba too. The Manchester United midfielder is reportedly close to the Parisian club, but he was also seen in very good company during his holidays. Party in the United States, Pogba posted an evening photo alongside Ronaldinho, Paulo Dybala and Blaise Matuidi. Le Mancunien will soon return from vacation and to believe it Telefoot , a decision should be made about his future at that time.
Ronaldo and Messi as a family
The theories about a departure of the two football superstars have caused a lot of talk in recent weeks before taking a lead in the wing. After being eliminated in the round of 16 of the Euro with Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo offered a family vacation to Mallorca. A necessary rest for the 36-year-old who will be keen to regain the Serie A title stolen by Inter Milan last season. According to Pavel Nedved, sports director of the old lady, CR7 is expected in training around July 25.
Just winner of his first Copa America, the Argentinian number 10 left to recharge his batteries with his family near Miami where he posed in front of the Hard Rock Hotel. But it is difficult to hope for peace when your name is Messi. While he was having dinner at a restaurant in the city of Florida, fans heard of his presence and came by the hundreds to wait for the six-fold Ballon d’Or. An eventful exit for the Argentine who has still not extended with Barça despite an agreement that would be in the pipes. Messi therefore has no date of resumption of training.
Coal Vacation for Benzema and Lukaku
He had been left defeated after the elimination of France against Switzerland. Benzema went on vacation to Mykonos. From the days following the elimination, KB9 was already broadcasting images of him in full physical preparation for the next season. But beyond his work, Benzema’s vacation on the Greek island stuck with those of Mbappé. It did not take more for the Spanish press to announce that Benzema would try to convince the Paris striker to join Real Madrid this summer. While the White House has already resumed training and warm-up matches, the Madrid striker should soon make his return to the squad for the first La Liga matchday scheduled for the weekend of August 12-14.
Among the players who are getting ahead of their preparation, we can also mention Romelu Lukaku. Like Messi, the Inter Milan striker flew to Miami but to undergo intensive training and prepare for the defense of the title acquired with Inter Milan. Through Instagram posts, Red Devils number 9 can be seen repeating cardio and footwork exercises alongside former American football player Chad Johnson. Despite their Serie A title, Inter Milan are entering their season in full blur with a change of coach, the departure of Hakimi but also limited room for maneuver in terms of recruitment. Lukaku’s return is therefore probably eagerly awaited in Milan.