Argentine football star Lionel Messi has heard a lot of criticism in recent days, but they have nothing to do with any play on the field, but the use of his private jet with great frequency.
In turn, who has “lifted the ball” is the French sports daily L’Équipe, which released an infographic with all the recent trips of the PSG forward, showing that the Argentine’s jet, an Embraer Legacy 650, according to the newspaper, made 52 flights between June 1 and August 31 this year, 30 of which were intercontinental and 14 transatlantic.
With that, the newspaper calculated that Messi’s jet released more carbon into the atmosphere in three months than the average French citizen would release in 150 years.
Messi was not the first nor will he be the last to receive criticism in this regard, at a time when the world is mobilizing to reduce CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. Regular passenger journeys themselves have been criticized, especially in Europe, where it is understood that many could be replaced by trains.
A recent ranking, released in July, showed which famous jets spend the most time in the air and, consequently, pollute the most. In the result, however, no footballers were listed.
In any case, Messi continues to travel to his appointments with all the luxury of comfort. Its aircraft, which can carry up to 12 passengers, flies at Mach .80, or 980 km/h, approximately, reaching up to 8,300 km of range, giving it intercontinental capabilities. In addition, those who travel on it have access to a lot of luxury on board, sleeper seats and social lounges.