Lionel Messi Blasted for Environmental Pollution After His Private Jet Made 52 Trips in Three Months

Lionel Messi Blasted for Environmental Pollution After His Private Jet Made 52 Trips in Three Months

  • Lionel Messi is on the spot after his private jet emitted an amount of carbon dioxide that an average French person would release in 150 years
  • The PSG forward's jet made 52 trips in just three months between diverse locations during the off-season
  • Warnings about climate change continue to rent the air during various international fora

Normally, Lionel Messi is usually on the receiving end of praises and adulation. The rather diminutive forward has consistently raised the bar of football in the 15-plus years he has been around.

But this time round, he is in trouble after one of his investments was found to be a major factor in environmental pollution.

Lionel Messi, Argentina, private jet
Lionel Messi looks on during Argentina's friendly against Jamaica on September 27th. Photo by Lev Radin.
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Messi's private is said to have made 52 trips in just three months between July 1st and August 31st. In essence, the trips are not a problem but the amount of carbon dioxide that the jet emits during these trips.

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Zach Lowy reports that the jet emitted over 1500 tonnes of carbon dioxide. This is a similar amount an average person would release in 150 years, according to the Daily Mail.

The trips came at a time when Messi was enjoying his summer vacation. The jet made trips between Argentina's capital Buenos Aires and Miami five times.

There were also trips to Uruguay's Montevideo, New York, Brazil and a number of Spanish cities where Messi's family was at one point stationed for the holidays.

This report comes at a time when world leaders are in continuous discussions on how to work on the climate change warnings, with people being asked to do more in their personal capacities.

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Argentina were stationed in the United States of America, where they played against Honduras and Jamaica in their final games before the World Cup.

Messi was mobbed at least three times by pitch invaders who wanted autographs or pictures with the Paris Saint-Germain star.

Source: Sports Brief News