World Football

Christophe Galtier confirms Lionel Messi will leave PSG at end of season

Rajarshi ShuklaRajarshi Shukla

June 1 2023
Lionel Messi PSG

The Argentine forward will part ways with the French club after end of this season

The Argentinean forward, Lionel Messi who is scheduled to take part in his final match against Clermont Foot on Saturday, will depart Paris Saint-Germain at the conclusion of the current season.

The World Cup champion will depart, according to PSG manager Christophe Galtier, who also mentioned Inter Miami as one of several prospective destinations during a press conference on Friday afternoon.

Lionel Messi joined PSG in 2021 following a financial dispute with Barcelona. Since then, he has won two Ligue 1 championships, but the Parisians have not advanced any closer to capturing the Champions League championship they so much want.

The 35-year-old made a suggestion that departing Barcelona helped him evolve as a player. Some people contend that by stepping outside of his familiar surroundings, he was able to acquire the leadership skills that helped him win the Qatar World Cup in December.

This morning, French media suggested that Messi would make a surprise return to Camp Nou, but Barcelona would find it difficult to afford such a move.

But L’Equipe suggests that Messi may sign with Inter Miami and then be loaned to the Catalan team.

While there is still demand from Asian teams, it is reported that Messi is being offered a rich deal by Inter Miami, coached by Phil Neville.

Additionally, there have been rumours that the World Cup champion is going to sign an enticing deal with Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia.

Last month, there were speculations that Messi was about to agree to a £522 million contract with Al-Hilal, despite the objections of his wife Antonella Roccuzzo.

Messi’s father, Jorge, refuted rumours that his son’s club for the upcoming season was actually chosen.

There are obviously problems with Messi and the club amid his outstanding season in France when he tallied 16 goals and contributed 16 assists in the league.

The World Cup champion stirred up controversy last month when he skipped a workout in favour of a trip to Saudi Arabia to advance the tourism sector there.

Messi, who received a two-week suspension, said on social media that he was headed to Riyadh when the news of the cancellation of their day off reached the players.

Meanwhile, the PSG boss confirmed to the media that Messi will leave the club and said: “Clermont Foot will be Messi’s final game at PSG,’ said Galtier. ‘I had the privilege of coaching the best player in the history of football. It will be Leo’s last match at the Parc des Princes. I hope that he will be welcomed in the best way.”

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