After just two seasons, Lionel Messi is ready to leave Paris Saint-Germain. This weekend will mark his penultimate match for the French giants before a decision is made regarding his future.
After just two seasons, Lionel Messi will end his affiliation with PSG and play his final match for the French champions this summer, according to PSG manager Christophe Galtier.
This summer, the great Argentine’s deal at Parc des Princes expires, and it was looking increasingly improbable that he wouldn’t sign new terms with the team. Manager Galtier has already officially announced Messi’s departure, and his final match for PSG is this weekend.
The Frenchman said in a press conference: “I had the honor of coaching the greatest player in football history. Leo’s final game at Parc des Princes will be against Clermont.
Messi first moved to PSG in the summer of 2021 after his lengthy and fruitful tenure with Barcelona came to an end. He was forced to leave the Catalan powerhouse due to their financial problems before he signed a lucrative contract with the French team.
While there, Messi assisted them in winning the French Super Cup and two Ligue 1 championships. In 75 games across all competitions, he has a record of 32 goals and 35 assists going into this weekend’s matchup versus Clermont.
This season, Messi’s fortunes were less favorable. After his return from the World Cup, when he assisted Argentina in defeating France to win the championship, he at first faced criticism from the club’s supporters
Following an unauthorized vacation to Saudi Arabia, the seasoned forward was later suspended from play, prompting fans to demonstrate in front of his home and the team’s headquarters in Paris. His standing in the French capital has not improved due to the club’s inability to mount a consistent Champions League threat.
Now, the 35-year-old must make a significant choice regarding his future. His attempted return to Catalonia is still being linked to his former team, Barcelona.
Xavi, Messi’s ex-teammate and the manager of Barcelona, has previously acknowledged that he has spoken with the player. He stated: “I told the president that Messi’s return makes sense,” earlier this week. He is without a doubt the ideal fit for our strategy and approach. I’ve the tactical plan in mind with Leo.