PSG boss Christophe Galtier has confirmed that Lionel Messi will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season.
Galtier has confirmed that Messi will leave PSG when his contract expires amid an eye-watering offer from Saudi Arabia that would see him go head-to-head with Cristiano Ronaldo once again. Barcelona have also been linked with a potential move to sign Messi, but that deal appears to be dead, while the Premier League has also been touted as a shock destination.
Galtier said of Messi leaving: “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 [on June 3].”
Messi has been in fine form this season, contributing 16 goals and 16 assists in Ligue 1, but he is now poised to take on a new challenge. The most likely destination for the World Cup winner appears to be Saudi Arabia, as he took an unsanctioned trip to the nation earlier this season, and was subsequently suspended by his club. In addition, the president of the Saudi FA has gone on record to confirm the country’s interest.
Messi had appeared in PSG’s promotional campaign for their 2023-24 home kit, leading to suggestions that he would, in fact, be staying put. That idea has been put to bed with Galtier’s comments, however, with the World Cup winner’s two-year stay in France coming to an imminent end.
PSG will round off their Ligue 1 season against Clermont Foot, giving fans a chance to see Messi in action one more time. The Argentine has yet to make any announcement regarding his future, with the 35-year-old likely to take time over the summer to consider his options before the big reveal.