Is Messi really coming back to Barca?

By Real11 - Apr 10 2023 297 Views


What's next for the World Champion Lionel Messi?

The idyll between 35-year-old striker Lionel Messi and French club PSG seems to have an end. The Rosario-born flamboyant forward will not continue playing at home in the Parc des Princes because his priority is not to sign a new contract, before the siren songs of Barcelona and Inter Miami, per reports.

On Sunday, World Cup winner with Argentina, Messi added one more milestone to his endless list, which will remain forever in the golden pages of football history. His long-arch rival 38-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo held, until now, the record for goals in clubs at a European level with 701. In total, The Argentine already has 702 goals in his career with Barça and PSG. And he has taken it with 105 games less than the Portuguese. Messi achieved this milestone while guiding PSG to victory against Nice by 2-0, thus ending a two-game losing streak in French League.

Thus, in the opinion of the Argentine, PSG would have decided not to continue with Messi who ends his contract on June 30 and thus cut the trident that was formed in the summer of 2021 with Neymar and Mbappé. 10-time French league winners PSG would have changed its mind in recent weeks, especially after both parties reached an agreement after the WC in Qatar. Only from Qatar can they change the future of Argentine again. If the owner of the Parisian team considers it essential, the offer will be made. If not, he'll let you go for free.

The departure of Lionel Messi means financial relief for the French club. Kylian Mbappé, Neymar and the man from Rosario are the three best-paid, and by far, in Ligue 1. Without the Argentine, the Parisian club will stop paying the huge sum per month that the man from Rosario receives, which is good news to fulfil the Financial Fair Play for the club. In addition, PSG’s striker failed to lift the Champions League with the club once again after being knocked out by 3-0(Agg) by German club Bayern Munich.

The number 10 striker Messi was whistled once again by PSG fans. Before the game, the team from the capital lost 1-0 against Olympique de Lyon. The figure of the Argentine was disapproved by the fans in the Parc des Princes, just in the week in which the versions resurfaced about a possible return of the player to Barcelona starting in the middle of the year.

Saudi Arabia's Al-Hilal made a formal offer in the last few hours to the Argentine superstar who, if he accepts, would be a huge boost for the country with two world football stars in their home tournaments. Therefore, a free transfer to the Middle East is a viable option for Jorge Messi, the player's father and agent, who has recently been in Riyadh, sparking speculation that he may be negotiating with an Arab club. If Messi moves to Saudi Arabia, it will put him in direct competition with rival Ronaldo, who joined Al-Nassr, another club in Riyadh, last December.

​​Meanwhile, the French League table toppers PSG (69) moved back to six points ahead of second-placed Lens (63) ahead of their match in Paris on Sunday.

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