Lionel Messi won the World Cup with Argentina on Sunday and will soon return to PSG.
Nasser Al-Khelaifi revealed PSG’s “agreement” with Lionel Messi to discuss his future.
Messi joined PSG on a two-year contract in 2021 after Barcelona couldn’t afford to renew his contract. After a difficult debut season in Paris, he’s scored 12 goals and provided 14 assists this season. He’s happy to have adapted to life in France.
The superstar helped Argentina beat France in Sunday’s World Cup final. Messi broke multiple records in the final and, while he lost the Golden Boot to PSG teammate Kylian Mbappe – whose hat-trick twice pegged back Argentina – he won the trophy after scoring two goals.
Messi, who scored seven goals in the tournament, will celebrate for weeks. He leaves Paris in six months, so talk will soon turn to his club future.
Messi hasn’t answered calls from a negotiator close to Barcelona president Joan Laporta, who wants him back. Laporta’s negotiations have failed.
Laporta tried to meet his former star player at the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris in October, but failed. Inter Miami is also interested in Messi, but despite reports that a deal was reached at the end of the season, his future is uncertain.
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After Sunday’s final, PSG president Al-Khelaifi was optimistic about the Argentine’s future. Will Messi and Mbappe stay? Certainly. They’re the best World Cup players. We’ll talk about Leo after the World Cup.”
He added, “Most importantly, PSG have broken all records as a club.” We’re proud of them and Achraf [Hakimi], who finished fourth for Morocco.”
Al-Khelaifi, a member of the Qatari regime, said of the tournament, “I am very proud of the organization. We showed that Qatar can host the best competition in the world.”
“It was the best World Cup final.” As French club president, I’m sad for France. Kylian, who played well, lost.
“If it were me, I’d have given Kylian and Leo trophies. Because I was with France, it was difficult. But I’m also happy for Messi, he deserves it, and Kylian has years to win again.