Lionel Messi is reportedly ready to leave PSG at the end of the season as his family calls for him to return to Barcelona.
Lionel Messi has seen his contract renewal talks with PSG stalled with his two-year contract set to expire at the end of the summer.
Before the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Messi expressed his optimism to stay at Parc des Princes, saying he is happy at the club in his second season after an underwhelming start to life in French Ligue 1 in 2021.
The seven times Ballon d’Or winner was in high spirits heading into the 2022 World Cup from PSG.
He won the tournament with the Albiceleste and returned to PSG as a world champion with the players and officials welcoming him back with a guard of honor.
It was thought Messi would renew his PSG contract after the World Cup but it seems the table has turned.
He is yet to reach an agreement for contract renewal with just two months remaining in his contract.
PSG and Lionel Messi are yet to broker a new deal, sparking speculations the former Barcelona star is on his way to a summer exit from the club.
According to L’Equipe, Lionel Messi is ‘set to walk out on PSG’ at the end of the season as the contract renewal deadlock shows no sign of abating.
The report adds the two parties are “close to divorce” after they suffered setbacks in the negotiation process with Lionel Messi’s family pushing for a return to Camp Nou.
Messi’s family are reportedly keen on returning to Barcelona after Lionel Messi left the club in tears due to crippling financial woes.
Futballnews understands Lionel Messi’s PSG future is uncertain and the Argentina international is more likely to leave the club at the end of the summer.
There were rumors linking him to Saudi Arabia with Al-Hilal interested in signing the Barcelona legend with a lucrative offer.
Messi was also linked to David Beckham’s Inter Miami in the MLS with some reports saying the whole MLS clubs are ready to bankroll the move to boost the profile of the league ahead of the 2026 World Cup.
Barcelona have also revealed they have contacted Lionel Messi to bring him back to Camp Nou at the end of the summer.
His father Jorge Messi has refuted reports linking Messi to a summer exit from PSG but it appears the Barcelona legend is heading towards PSG exit with his dwindling popularity with PSG fans.
Messi was booed twice in two French Ligue 1 games against Rennes and Lyon due to his underwhelming performance so far. He has scored 29 goals in 68 appearances for PSG since he arrived at the club in 2021.