Lionel Messi will leave PSG at the end of his contract. With limited options, what's next for the 35-year-old superstar, where will he end up next?
Lionel Messi will be leaving Paris Saint-Germain at the end of his contract.
The Argentine superstar signed a two-year deal with PSG in 2021, with an option to renew for another year, but neither the club nor the player want to sign the deal.
🚨 Messi will leave Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season. There are no doubts about that anymore.— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 3, 2023
Behind the scenes, it’s now understood that Leo’s father Jorge communicated the decision to PSG already one month ago due to the project.
It was the final breaking point. pic.twitter.com/Bwehuvyq1E
Lionel Messi believes the French club's budget could be limited next season due to financial issues, putting the quality of their squad at risk.
He is also unconvinced the club can compete at the top of the European game.
PSG, on the other hand, wants to focus on developing young talent.
Messi's reluctance to commit to a new deal has frustrated PSG's Qatari owners, who believe the lack of response was a clear message he didn't want to stay.
Barcelona and Messi would be keen on securing a dream return for the forward to the Nou Camp.
But with the La Liga leaders facing severe financial difficulties, a move back 'home' looks increasingly unlikely.
Messi also has interest from Inter Miami in Major League Soccer and an offer of about 400m euros to play in Saudi Arabia for a year.
The 35-year-old superstar has scored 31 goals and contributed 34 assists in 71 games in all competitions for PSG, and won the Ligue 1 title last season.
He is set to miss matches against Troyes and Ajaccio as PSG looks to clinch their ninth league title in 11 seasons.
They are five points clear with five games to go.
What's next for Lionel Messi?
Messi, Barcelona's all-time top scorer with 672 goals in 778 games, left the Nou Camp in 2021 because of financial issues at the club.
He believes he can still compete at the top of European football for another season, eyeing the chance to win a fifth Champions League trophy.
However, with a move to Barcelona looking impossible, his options are looking increasingly limited.
Lionel Messi is one of the greatest footballers of all time, and his departure from PSG will have a significant impact on the French giants.
It remains to be seen where he will end up next, but one thing is for sure: he will continue to be one of the most sought-after players in world football.