BREAKING NEWS: PSG confirm Lionel Messi is leaving the club later this week, while Saudi Arabia and David Beckham’s Inter Miami are pursuing him
- Lionel Messi will leave Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the 2022/23 season
- The Argentine is heavily linked with a departure from the French champions
- Inter Miami, Saudi club Al-Hilal and Barcelona have all been linked with the star
Lionel Messi is set to leave Paris Saint-Germain at the end of this season, with the Argentinean set to play his last game against Clermont Foot on Saturday.
PSG manager Christophe Galtier confirmed in a Friday afternoon press conference that the world champions will depart, with Inter Miami being one of many possible destinations.
“Clermont Foot will be Messi’s last game at PSG,” said Galtier. “I’ve had the privilege of coaching the best player in the history of football. It will be Leo’s last game at Parc des Princes.”
Messi joined PSG in 2021 after a financial tug-of-war with Barcelona and has won two Ligue Un titles, although the Parisians are no closer to lifting the Champions League crown.
The 35-year-old has hinted that leaving Barcelona has matured him as a player and some suggest stepping out of his comfort zone has allowed him to develop the leadership qualities he displayed when they won the World Cup in Qatar in December had.
PSG have confirmed that Lionel Messi will leave the club at the end of the 2022/23 season
Coach Christophe Galtier announced that Messi will play his last PSG game on Saturday night
French media reported this morning that Messi could make a sensational Camp Nou return but that Barcelona would struggle to financially secure a move.
However, an alternative suggested by L’Equipe is that Messi could join Inter Miami and be loaned out to the Catalan club.
Inter Miami, managed by Phil Neville, are said to offer Messi a lucrative deal while Asian clubs remain interested.
“I hope he will be received in the best possible way,” Galtier added ahead of Messi’s last game. PSG have already won the Ligue 1 title.