In the lowest hours of Lionel Messi in PSG, the international press speculated on the possible departure of the striker to return to Barcelona. What’s more, the versions became strong because characters like Joan Laporta, president of the azulgranas, hinted that the goalscorer has the doors open to the Camp Nou.
As if that were not enough, the crack played the mystery and, after facing Venezuela for the Qualifiers, he stated: “After the World Cup I’m going to have to rethink a lot of things”. After those words, stories related to the goodbye to the Argentine team and others with the continuity in Paris Saint Germain were woven.
The truth is that, days after becoming champions with the capital in Ligue 1, TyC Sports announced that Messi will not move from PSG. What’s more, that idea never crossed the attacker’s head, who signed a two-year contract, until mid-2023, and with the possibility of adding one more season.
“Messi’s position with respect to PSG is to fulfill his contract until the last day signed and he never considered the possibility of ending his stay in the Parc des Princes in advance”details the Argentine media about the situation of the captain of the Albiceleste weeks after finishing the first campaign of his career in France.
“According to their close circle, there is no possibility of either returning to Barcelona -as was speculated for a long time- or of seeking a new direction in another team”concludes the source cited to settle the matter related to the future of the striker who, incidentally, thinks of Qatar 2022.
Messi’s first year at PSG
Lionel played a total of 30 official matches with the ‘Les Bleus’ shirt in all tournaments: 22 in Ligue 1, one in the Coupe de France and seven in the Champions League. In the league tournament, the star scored four goals and provided 13 assists (there are four dates left to play). While, in the ‘Orejona’, the striker celebrated five times.
Likewise, Messi won the Ligue 1 title with PSG and his record continues to grow. In his display case, the Argentine has the French League trophy, joining the 35 he won at Barcelona (ten Leagues, seven Copas del Rey and eight Spanish Super Cups) and the three he won with Brazil (Copa América 2020, 2005 U-20 World Cup and Olympic Gold in Beijing 2008).