Speculation increased about the club that Argentine star Lionel Messi would move to, after confirming his departure from Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the current season by team coach Christophe Galtier, after spending two seasons during which he won the French Football League and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
“It was an honor for me to train the best player in the history of football, and it will be Messi’s last match at the Princes’ Park,” Galtier said in a press conference today, Friday.
💬 Christophe Galtier sur the last match of Lionel Messi in Ligue 1: “You have the privilege of dirigerizing the best football history” pic.twitter.com/1DDd373Lbf
– L’ÉQUIPE (@lequipe) June 1, 2023
Tomorrow, Saturday, Paris Saint-Germain will play its last match this season at home against Clermont Foot, after officially crowning the title last week, and it will be the last for the captain of the Argentine national team and world champion.
Messi will play his final match for Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday against Clermont
– beIN SPORTS news (@beINSPORTSNews) June 1, 2023
Immediately after the announcement of Messi’s departure from the French champion, expectations and questions began about the Argentine’s next destination, most of which came out of 3 possible destinations, either returning to Barcelona, Spain, to establish that he is a legend of the Catalan club legends who holds the title of its top scorer and its first historical star, although it will certainly be the lowest offer. From a physical point of view, because of the rules of financial fair play, but he is certainly the best morally for the player who will be considered and immortalized by the club.
Unlike Barcelona, Messi can earn a record if he accepts the huge financial offer – according to press reports – presented by Al Hilal Saudi Arabia last April, with a value of 400 million euros net per season, meaning that he can collect everything he achieved during his career in about Only two seasons in the Saudi League.
And under the headline “Jorge Messi accepts an offer of one billion and 200 million euros for his son,” the French newspaper “Foot Mercato” said that Messi finally agreed to join Al Hilal Saudi Arabia to obtain the best contract in history.
The newspaper added that Messi’s father had already accepted the contract offer from Al Hilal.
Lionel Messi left Barcelona in the summer of 2021, and joined Paris Saint-Germain for two seasons, until June 30, 2023.
There is a third possibility that is not excluded, which is Messi’s transfer to Inter Miami, especially since he has previously stated that he wants to go through the American League experience, and of course it will be a better financial offer than Barcelona, but he will not be able to keep up with the Saudi astronomical offer, according to press reports.
Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, an expert in player transfers, had indicated since last May that Messi would leave Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season, especially after he was suspended as a result of his trip to Saudi Arabia last month without the knowledge of his club.
🔴🔵👋🏻🇦🇷 #PSG https://t.co/d9HUHXC8hF
– Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 1, 2023
And the “Sport Bible” sports website talked about the end of the relationship between Messi and Paris, pointing out that the potential destinations are Barcelona, which faces the strict laws of the Spanish League, and there is also the largest offer he received in his career from the Saudi club Al Hilal, in addition to high interest from David Beckham – President of Inter Miami – to include Messi in his team, in a deal that may be joint with Barcelona.
🚨 PSG manager Christophe Galtier has just confirmed that Leo Messi will leave PSG at the end of the season.
“I had the privilege of coaching the best player in the history of football. It will be Leo’s last match at the Parc des Princes against Clermont. pic.twitter.com/hieCFUFBQm
– Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 1, 2023
In the same context, the Catalan newspaper “Sport” talked about the offers that Messi might receive from Barcelona, Saudi Arabia, or the last player who entered the equation, which is Inter Miami, with the possibility that this be within a plan to promote the 2026 World Cup in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
🔴🔵 | #PSG
🚨 ¡Leo Messi is no match for PSG!
👀 Así lo ha confirmedado Galtier en rueda de prensahttps://t.co/Q5D6AYsab6
– Diario SPORT (@sport) June 1, 2023
Others asked about the best destination for Messi among the options available and announced so far, and the final answer remains with Jorge Messi, the father of the Argentine star, and the player himself, which is what Barcelona coach Xavi said when he was asked about the return of the historic scorer of Barcelona.
🚨 Christophe Galtier confirms the fans of Messi at PSG https://t.co/mZmbwa7apn
— Mundo Deportivo (@mundodeportivo) June 1, 2023
Parisian coach Christophe Galtier officially announces the departure of Argentine Lionel Messi from the ranks of the team 🔥🔥 Where will the Argentine star’s destination be, according to your opinion? Will he return to Barcelona? Or Al Hilal Saudi Arabia? Or the American League?! pic.twitter.com/kg5r4DZ6z6
– abd ennacer el bar June 1, 2023
Where will Lionel Messi play next season?
[سكاي سبورت] pic.twitter.com/tCPxCDwrHE
– Amr (@bt3) June 1, 2023
Messi officially leaves Paris 🚨🚨🚨✅
– Achraf Ben Ayad (@Benayadachraf) June 1, 2023