Lionel Messi may extend his stay at PSG after admitting he is happy at the club and made immense improvement, shrugging off a poor and disappointing start last season.
Lionel Messi opened his 2022/23 football campaign on a good note as he scored the opener in PSG’s 4-0 win over Nantes in Trophies Des Champions on July 31, 2022.
He bagged a brace in the French Ligue 1 opener against Clemont Foot on 6 July 2022 at the Stade Gabriel Montpied.
PSG cruised easily to a 5-0 away victory, with Lionel Messi scoring in the 80th and 86th minutes to complete the rout.
On July 21, 2022, PSG secured one of the biggest wins over LOSC, with Kylian Mbappe scoring a hat-trick while Neymar had a brace.
Lionel Messi followed with the second as he scored in the 27th minute, with Hakimi also on the scorers’ list as PSG completed a 7-1 win over LOSC.
Messi scored the first goal in PSG’s 3-1 away win against Maccabi Haifa. He also scored PSG’s only goal in a 1-0 away win against Brest on 18th September.
Overall, Messi has created 35 chances for PSG this season and delivered 8 assists, scoring 6 French Ligue1 goals.
Lionel Messi last season at PSG
After an emotional exit from Barcelona, Messi’s debut season in the French League fell below the pecking order.
He struggled to adapt to the French League and saw a massive dip in his football career.
Messi recorded only 11 goals for PSG last season, which was his all-time low since his rise to stardom with Barcelona.
Messi admitted trying to adapt and find his pace at his new club and new league, triggering speculations on a potential return to Camp Nou.
However, the tides have turned in favor of the seven times Ballon d’Or winner as he opened the 2022/23 French Ligue 1 season with brilliant form.
Messi has admitted being happy at PSG so far this season. He categorically stated that he is enjoying life with French giants.
“I feel different to what it was last year. I had a bad time, I never finished finding myself,” Messi said.
“This year is different. I arrived with another head, more accommodated to the club, to the locker room, my teammates, to the game.”
“The truth is that I feel very good. I enjoyed myself again,” he said.
Messi’s new mood with PSG has dispelled any possible link to a Barcelona return despite the latter’s financial situation.
PSG currently stays top of the French Ligue table with their deadly and prolific trio – Neymar, Mbappe, and Messi in top shape.
Kylian Mbappe has banged in 12 goals for the team this season. Neymar has 11 goals with 8 assists. Lionel Messi has 6 goals with 8 assists.
Just in 8 matches so far, the trio have pulled a combined 29 goals with 16 assists. As things stand, Lionel Messi may likely extend his contract at the Paris club before the expiration of his two years contract.