• July 25, 2024

World Cup champion Lionel Messi is set to leave PSG on a free transfer in a graceful manner, embracing new opportunities.

PSG manager Christophe Galtier has officially announced that Lionel Messi will be departing the club once his contract concludes at the end of the current season.

Messi set to leave reigning Ligue 1 champions
Attracted by an appealing offer from Saudi Arabia
Contract to expire by the end of June
WHAT TRANSPIRED? Galtier has confirmed Messi’s departure from PSG as his contract reaches its conclusion, amidst an enticing proposal from Saudi Arabia that would reignite his rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo. Although there were speculations linking Messi to a potential return to Barcelona, that possibility seems unlikely, and there have been surprising rumors of a move to the Premier League as well.


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WHAT THEY STATED: Galtier shared his thoughts on Messi’s departure, expressing, “I had the honor of coaching the greatest player in the history of football. It will mark Leo’s final game at the Parc des Princes against Clermont [on June 3].”

THE BROADER PICTURE: Messi has been in exceptional form this season, contributing 16 goals and 16 assists in Ligue 1. However, he is now ready to embrace a fresh endeavor. The most probable destination for the World Cup champion seems to be Saudi Arabia, given his previous unofficial visit to the country, which led to his suspension by the club. Additionally, the president of the Saudi FA has publicly confirmed the country’s interest.


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ADDITIONALLY: Messi had prominently featured in PSG’s promotional campaign for their 2023-24 home kit, sparking speculations of him remaining at the club. However, Galtier’s remarks have effectively dismissed that notion, signaling the imminent conclusion of the World Cup winner’s two-year tenure in France.


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WHAT’S TO COME? PSG will conclude their Ligue 1 season with a match against Clermont Foot, providing fans with an opportunity to witness Messi’s skills once again. The Argentine maestro has not made any official statement regarding his future, and it is expected that the 35-year-old will take his time during the summer to carefully contemplate his options before unveiling his decision.

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