Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Sergio Rico is recovering in the intensive care unit of a hospital in Seville, Spain, after sustaining a head injury from a horse-riding accident.
Rico’s representatives released a statement this Sunday stating that the accident had taken place near his former club, Sevilla. They also added that over the next 48 hours, medical professionals will be monitoring his condition to determine his progress in recovery. Acknowledging the seriousness of Rico’s situation and expressing their support for him and his family, they said: “Sergio is in good hands, fighting to recover.”
As one of Europe’s most successful soccer teams, Paris Saint-Germain are no strangers to misfortune on and off the pitch. However, nothing could have prepared them for the news about their goalkeeper suffering such an unexpected injury. The incident immediately threw the team into a state of shock as they are now not only faced with an uncertain future regarding their star player’s health but also without a core member of their squad at an essential time in their campaign.
The support for Sergio has poured out from all sides as friends and family members have been urged to pray for him while current and former players have sent messages wishing him well on social media. Additionally, PSG became one of many clubs across Europe to show solidarity by wearing shirts with his name printed on them during training sessions before matches.
Nevertheless, what remains at the forefront is Sergio’s well-being as he faces an uphill battle towards recovery due to the intensity of his injuries. It is believed that he has gone through surgery and has since been placed under observation within an intensive care unit due to brain trauma he sustained after being hit by a loose horse during his ride through Seville countryside.
While no official announcement has been made about Sergio’s return or timeline for recovery yet, it can be assumed that it may take weeks or even months before we see him make any sort of comeback—if at all. Until then it would seem appropriate that we do our best to rally behind his cause in spirit by continuing to hope for a successful recovery so he can once again wear Paris Saint-Germain jersey proudly with grace and success soon enough.
Kylian Mbappe is making history with each passing day. On Sunday, the French forward became the first player ever to win Ligue 1 Player of the Year four times in a row. His accolades are made even more impressive considering that he has achieved this record while playing for Paris Saint-Germain, one of Europe’s top football clubs.
Mbappe has been an integral part of PSG since joining them from Monaco in 2017. His combination of lightning pace, unwavering confidence and clinical finishing has seen him score over 100 goals in all competitions for the club and become their most valuable asset. This season was no different, as Mbappe scored 27 goals and contributed 17 assists as PSG stormed to their 11th title in France’s top tier division – the highest total of any club since it was founded in 1932.
The 20-year-old is also making his mark on the international stage. He helped France win the 2018 World Cup, scoring four goals and becoming only the second teenager after Pele to do so in a single tournament. He again starred for Les Bleus when they lifted the 2020 UEFA Nations League trophy earlier this year, scoring three times during their campaign and earning himself another winner’s medal.
As already mentioned, Mbappe recently won his fourth consecutive Ligue 1 Player of the Year award – an incredible feat that highlights his immense talent and consistency over recent years. To put his achievement into perspective, he surpasses club legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic who had previously held this record with three wins back-to-back between 2013 and 2015.
Mbappe’s performances have not been overlooked by fans either – just look at how his distinctive No 7 jersey continues to sell out everywhere it appears! It is clear that he is now considered one of Europe’s leading stars given all that he has achieved despite being just 24 years old; something which PSG are no doubt delighted about considering they paid €180 million for him back in 2017 – a transfer fee which at that time made him world’s second most expensive player ever behind Neymar Jr..
With such an impressive CV already built up by such a young age it will be fascinating to observe what Mbappe does next as he looks set to go down as one of football’s greatest players when all is said and done.
Olympique Marseille were held to a frustrating 1-1 home draw by Montpellier in Ligue 1 on Friday, unable to make up ground on Paris Saint Germain who still lead the table. The match was characterized by an early goal from Arnaud Nordin, cancelled out by a penalty from Matteo Guendouzi just after the hour mark. Igor Tudor’s side had been trying to close the gap with leaders PSG to four points before their clash with Lyon this Sunday, so the result was a bitter blow for OM as they now trail their rivals by six points.
Olympique Marseille have not won against Montpellier since 2017 and are winless in three meetings between the two teams at Stade Velodrome in that time. Marseille’s performance was lacklustre throughout and only improved slightly when Guendouzi was introduced from the bench in the second half. Despite this, Montpellier goalkeeper Dimitry Bertaud made several impressive saves to keep his side level before Guendouzi eventually scored from 12 yards out. In spite of this late rally, Marseille failed to find an equaliser and were forced to settle for a draw as they slipped further away from PSG’s top spot in Ligue 1.
It wasn’t all bad news for Marseille though, with captain Florian Thauvin making his return to first team action after weeks on the sidelines due to injury. The Frenchman helped provide some much needed spark in attack and showed glimpses of his talent as well as his importance in OM’s attacking options. This could prove crucial going forward if Thauvin can remain fit for the remainder of the season and help drive Marseille back into title contention. The result also marked yet another disappointing evening for coach Igor Tudor who has found wins hard to come by since being appointed last December – having only led OMto victory four times out of 15 matches so far this season.. Despite this, Tudor has shown signs of progress with Olympique de Marseille playing attractive football under him and managing some impressive results against top teams such as Monaco and Paris Saint Germain earlier this season.
As Ligue 1 enters its final stretch it will be interesting to see if Olympique de Marseille can turn their fortunes around and challenge PSG for top spot or if they will have to settle for second place again this year – especially wearing their iconic Olympique de Marseille jersey!