Barcelona’s financial situation meant they could not keep their greatest player, Lionel Messi at the club anymore. He was the most sought player last season with Manchester City and PSG leading the charge to get the Argentine’s signature. PSG succeeded in tying him down to a two-year deal last season. His first season was a huge drop-off from his Barcelona days, but even the greatest take time to adapt to change.
With the World Cup approaching in November, Messi would love to continue Argentina’s international success. His personal form this season has improved drastically from last season. He has already scored 3 goals and bagged 7 assists in 7 Ligue 1 appearances so far. His recent performances only suggest an improvement in the future with PSG eager to extend his contract beyond this season.
Xavi and Laporta comments
There have always been rumblings of a return to Barcelona for Messi. His love for the club is no secret. The club wants the Argentine back as soon as possible as well. Speaking in July, Xavi said, “Makes no sense to speak about Leo Messi’s comeback at Barcelona right now, he’s under contract with PSG so it’s impossible. We’ll see in the future. Laporta had already said he hoped it was not yet the end for Messi at Barça.” Xavi’s Barcelona rebuild is going very well, and the addition of the likes of the winger could only be a big boost.
Speaking to ESPN in July Laporta said, “I hope the Messi chapter isn’t over. I think it’s our responsibility to try to find a moment to fix that chapter, which is still open, so it turns out like it should have, and that it has a more beautiful ending.”
Messi to decide future only after World Cup
Lionel Messi came ever so close to lifting the World Cup back in 2014. Mario Götze’s 113th-minute winner denied the Argentine his dream, as Germany won their 4th world cup. 2018 saw Argentina lose to eventual winners France in a thrilling 4-3 encounter. A change in fortunes saw Messi finally lift an international trophy with Argentina, lifting the Copa America in July of 2021. Argentina’s dominant international form and heartbreak of previous world cups only add fuel to the fire Messi has to get his hands on the Jules Rimet trophy.
Leo Messi will not make any decision on his future in the next weeks or months. Focused on Paris Saint-Germain and then World Cup, nothing will be decided or planned before the World Cup. ⭐️🇦🇷 #PSG
Despite PSG new deal plans and Barça interest, Leo will not proceed before 2023. pic.twitter.com/jS4OtCRWWt
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 13, 2022
In a recent tweet, Romano confirms that Messi will only decide on his future after the World Cup. Both PSG and Barcelona will have to wait for the mid-season international tournament to get over to get any clarity regarding his future.