Lionel Messi will be leaving Paris St Germain at the end of the current season, as confirmed by manager Christophe Galtier. The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner will be making his last appearance for the club in their final Ligue 1 match against Clermont on Saturday.
Messi’s departure from PSG after two years with the club had been anticipated for some time and was officially communicated by Galtier at a press conference on Thursday. The player’s time with the Parisians has been marked by some impressive performances, but his relationship with the club reportedly soured in recent months.
Despite some impressive statistics this season, Messi’s relationship with PSG appeared to have soured in recent months. Last month, he was suspended for two weeks after making an unauthorised trip to Saudi Arabia. This led to speculation about his future, with reports linking him with a move to the Middle East country, as well as the United States and a return to Barcelona.
Galtier was keen to pay tribute to Messi’s on-field contributions during his time at PSG. “He has always been available, always present in the training sessions,” said the manager. “Despite the remarks or criticisms that I don’t think were justified at all, he has always been at the service of the team, both as a provider of assists and as a goalscorer.”
The Argentinian World Cup winner helped PSG to two Ligue 1 titles during his time with the club. Galtier also highlighted Messi’s impressive statistics this season, stating that he had contributed 21 goals and 22 assists, making a total of 43 contributions this season.
Messi joined PSG in 2021 after leaving Barcelona amid a financial crisis at the Catalan club. His arrival at the Parisians was seen as a major coup for the French club, who were hoping that the Argentinian superstar would help them to achieve success in domestic and European competitions.
While his time at PSG has been marked by some impressive performances, Messi’s departure will undoubtedly leave a void in the club’s attacking line-up. PSG will need to find a suitable replacement for the 35-year-old if they hope to challenge for honours next season.
For Messi, the future remains uncertain. While there has been speculation about his next move, the player has not yet made any official announcements. It is unclear whether he will retire from professional football or continue playing for another club.
Regardless of what the future holds for Messi, his departure from PSG marks the end of an era for both the player and the club. PSG will need to regroup and find a way forward without their talismanic forward, while Messi will be remembered as one of the greatest players of all time, who made a significant contribution to PSG during his time with the club.