Lionel Messi is set to leave French side Paris Saint-Germain after a rough second season at the club after two seasons off the pitch at the Parc des Princes. Agreed Fabrizio RomanoIt is said that the decision was conveyed by his father Jorge to the club’s hierarchy more than a month ago.
Messi, who was suspended by PSG after an unauthorized trip to Saudi Arabia, has been in dispute with the club for months over a contract extension. The superstar forward signed a two-year contract with the club in 2021 and did not renew despite several offers from the club. According to reports in France, he wanted to clarify the club’s blueprint before committing to an extension.
The decision to suspend Messi for two weeks, according to the news, has political motives, because of the relations between Qatar and Saudi Arabia. It was reported that club president Nasser El-Khelaifi was unhappy that the 35-year-old footballer had left for Saudi Arabia, a country with which Qatar has diplomatic disputes. While Messi was in Saudi Arabia, veteran defender Sergio Ramos was spotted in Madrid but was not sanctioned by the club, fueling speculation that the decision may have been political.
Messi has had offers from several clubs outside of Europe, including David Beckham’s Inter Miami. However, the attacker wants to continue performing in Europe. He has been approached by Barcelona, but a deal will be difficult at this stage due to the many financial restrictions imposed by Spain’s La Liga. It remains to be seen which team he joins, but the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner will have no shortage of suitors.