Argentina captain Lionel Messi is rumoured to be leaving Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at the end of the 2022-2023 season. The three-time Ballon d’Or winner has decided not to extend his stay at the Parc des Princes. Moreover his future was already in doubt after the French club suspended him. Messi was chastised for flying to Saudi Arabia without permission from the club during the current season.
Messi was in Saudi Arabia as part of a business contract to promote tourism in the Middle Eastern country. According to various sources, the Ligue 1 giants have handed the former Barcelona great a two-week suspension. Meanwhile, Argentina’s World Cup-winning captain is not permitted to train or play with the team led by Kylian Mbappe. During the ban, the Argentine stalwart is also unlikely to collect his exorbitant earnings from PSG.
According to the newest news, Messi has opted to leave the French club in the aftermath of his ban. Messi will leave PSG at the end of the current season, according to popular football journalist Fabrizio Romano. “There are no more doubts about it.” Behind the scenes, it is now believed that Leo’s father Jorge informed PSG of the decision one month ago due to the project. “It was the tipping point,” Romano confirmed.
Messi joined PSG after leaving La Liga giants Barcelona as a free agent in 2021. Indeed what has been dubbed “the greatest transfer window in football history.” The former Barcelona player has 31 goals in 71 appearances for PSG in all competitions. This season, the 35-year-old has scored 20 goals in all competitions for PSG. The Argentina captain is also PSG’s best assist provider (15) in Ligue 1.