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BREAKING NEWS: PSG confirm Lionel Messi is leaving the club at the end of this week, with Saudi Arabia and David Beckham’s Inter Miami chasing him
- Lionel Messi will leave Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the 2022-23 season
- The Argentine has been strongly linked with an exit from the French champions
- Inter Miami, Saudi side Al-Hilal and Barcelona have all been linked with the star
Lionel Messi will leave Paris Saint-Germain at the end of this season, with the Argentine set to play his final game against Clermont Foot on Saturday.
PSG manager Christophe Galtier confirmed in a press conference on Friday afternoon that the World Cup winner will depart, with Inter Miami one of many potential destinations.
‘Clermont Foot will be Messi’s final game at PSG,’ said Galtier. ‘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.’
Messi joined PSG after a financial tug of war with Barcelona in 2021 and has won a pair of Ligue 1 titles, though the Parisians have not got any closer to winning the Champions League crown they so desire.
The 35-year-old hinted that leaving Barcelona allowed him to mature as a player and some suggest that leaving his comfort zone allowed him to develop the leadership qualities he displayed in winning the Qatar World Cup in December.
PSG have confirmed that Lionel Messi will depart the club at the end of the 2022-23 season
Manager Christophe Galtier revealed that Messi will play his last PSG game on Saturday night
French media reported this morning that Messi could make a sensational return to the Camp Nou but that Barcelona would struggle to financially wager a move.
One alternative suggested by L’Equipe, though, is that Messi could join Inter Miami and be loaned to the Catalan club.
Inter Miami, managed by Phil Neville, are said to be offering Messi a lucrative package, while there is still interest from Asian clubs.
‘I hope that he will be welcomed in the best way,’ added Galtier ahead of Messi’s final game. PSG have already won the Ligue 1 title.
There have also been suggestions that the World Cup winner will sign a lucrative deal with Saudi side Al-Hilal.
Rumours emerged last week that Messi was on the verge of signing a contract worth £522million at Al-Hilal despite the concerns of his wife Antonela Roccuzzo.
More to follow…