PSG boss Christophe Galtier has revealed that Lionel Messi will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season.
Galtier has stated that Messi will quit PSG when his contract ends amid an eye-watering offer from Saudi Arabia that would see him go head-to-head with Cristiano Ronaldo once more. Barcelona have also been connected with a prospective bid to capture Messi, although that deal looks to be dead, while the Premier League has also been suggested as a surprising destination.
Galtier said of Messi leaving: “I had the opportunity of coaching the finest player in the history of football. It will be Leo’s farewell match at the Parc des Princes against Clermont [on June 3].”
Messi has been in good form this season, recording 16 goals and 16 assists in Ligue 1, but he is now prepared to take on a new challenge.
The most likely destination for the World Cup champion looks to be Saudi Arabia, considering he took an unsanctioned trip to the nation earlier this season, and was subsequently suspended by his team. In addition, the president of the Saudi FA has gone on record to affirm the country’s interest.
Messi had starred in PSG’s advertising campaign for their 2023-24 home uniform, leading to rumors that he would, in fact, be remaining put. That possibility has been put to bed with Galtier’s words, though, with the World Cup winner’s two-year time in France coming to an early conclusion.
PSG will close out their Ligue 1 season against Clermont Foot, giving fans a chance to watch Messi in action one more time. The Argentine has yet to make any declaration regarding his future, with the 35-year-old expected to take time during the summer to assess his options before the big revelation.