Lionel Messi, one of the greatest football players of all time, is set to leave Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at the end of the current season, as his contract with the French club comes to an end. Last month, it was already known that it was unlikely for the star to sign a renewal with the current French league leaders.
On Wednesday (May 3rd), sources confirmed that Messi and PSG have come to an agreement that they will not continue together from 2023/24 season. On Tuesday (May 2nd), the footballer was suspended by PSG for two weeks, after taking an unauthorized trip to Saudi Arabia.
With the punishment, Messi will not be allowed to play, train or receive salary at Parc des Princes. According to reports, Messi’s trip has further complicated the already strained relationship between the Argentine and PSG. Sources state that the situation has created “tension” in the locker room, with several players expressing dissatisfaction with the incident.
Messi completely rules out renewal
Barcelona is reportedly considering the possibility of re-signing the 35-year-old player, although LaLiga president Javier Tebas has already warned that the league will not change its financial fair play rules to allow his return. Messi has also drawn interest from Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia and Major League Soccer’s Inter Miami.
The Argentine superstar joined PSG last summer, after spending his entire career with Barcelona. His move to the French club was seen as one of the most significant transfers in football history, and many believed it would cement PSG’s status as one of the top teams in Europe.
Messi’s departure will undoubtedly be a huge blow to PSG, who are still competing in the UEFA Champions League this season. The club is also currently battling Lille for the French Ligue 1 title. As for Messi, he will once again be a free agent, and there is no shortage of suitors for his services. Despite his age, he remains one of the most talented and sought-after players in the world, and it will be fascinating to see where he ends up next.