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It seems a long time ago when Lionel Messi landed at Le Bourget in front of thousands of people who chanted his name, necessarily happy to see one of the best players in the history of football join Paris Saint-Germain and Ligue 1. Come to take a course at PSG, Lionel Messi (35) is far from having won his bet less than two years after his arrival. We can even say that under the impetus of the Pulga, the capital club is probably living one of the worst seasons under the QSI flag.
While everything seemed set for the Parisian adventure of the 2022 world champion to continue for another season (he is at the end of his contract on June 30, 2023), and a verbal agreement had been reached in December, the positions were clearly distant, as we revealed on February 13th. A month ago, an extension was clearly not the preferred option for the world champion and his entourage. The last few weeks have only reinforced this feeling, despite his father’s regular denials.
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Between the too many defeats of PSG, the elimination against Bayern Munich, a more than tense relationship with the supporters, and above all a falling out with Christophe Galtier, the Parisian adventure is seriously complicated. Moreover, on Tuesday, Lionel Messi left training prematurely after refusing to participate in an exercise. The Parisian coach tried to hold him back in vain in front of Parisian players, dumbfounded. Inevitably, in view of these elements, Messi seems further and further from the capital, even if Christophe Galtier, despite a certain enmity on the part of his star, still appreciates and defends Leo Messi, not hesitating to recall the latter’s 18 goals and 17 assists this season.
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And if the idea of joining MLS one day and more precisely Miami exists, another option is now being considered by the Messi clan, namely returning to Barcelona. Although happy in Paris, the sevenfold Ballon d’Or is still nostalgic for the Catalan city and returns there as soon as he has the opportunity. Returning to Barça, to a club he knows by heart, would be a golden opportunity. Meetings between Jorge Messi and Joan Laporta have already taken place. Regular exchanges also take place between the Pulga and Xavi.
Barça are trying to find a solution to bring him back
Only problem and it is of size, the bloodless finances of the Blaugrana club. Already in great difficulty to validate the new Gavi contract, Barça is closely scrutinized by La Liga and its president, Javier Tebas, who carries out an individual marking with the FCB. If the two parties want to work together again, it will be necessary to sell several players and offload part of the wage bill to hope to recover the Pulga. We are still far from it, but the Argentine world champion obviously knows more and more where he wants to play next season…