More time at PSG?
Before the World Cup in Qatar, Messi and PSG would have agreed a new contract. The cards have now been shuffled differently. The French top club would be dissatisfied with the entry of Messi during matches. In addition, his environment would require a higher salary for the Argentine, while PSG wants to create more economic margin in the salary house.
Also, PSG fans don’t help with a longer stay. Messi is whistled regularly by his own supporters, who believe that the attacker should perform better. The fans are also critical of the PSG team. The Ligue 1 leaders were knocked out earlier this season in the Champions League (by Bayern Munich) and the French Cup (by Olympique de Marseille).
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Old love FC Barcelona beckons
FC Barcelona is there like chickens to pick up Messi. The Catalan superpower has already held talks with the management of the club legend. “All fairy tales must have a positive ending,” Vice President Rafa Yuste said a week and a half ago. “When you’re in love with someone, you want to stay in love. Hopefully we can lure Leo back.”
Messi left Barcelona in mid-2021 after 21 free years, winning a total of 34 awards. At that time, the top club had to reduce the salary budget by approximately 200 million euros to comply with the financial rules. Barcelona and the top scorer in the club’s history (672 goals) did not reach an agreement for a (significant) salary reduction, which caused a break.
The desired adventure in the MLS
In 2020, Messi indicated that he is very curious about life in the United States and about football in Major League Soccer (MLS). Since then, several North American clubs have been linked to the Argentine. The Inter Miami of ambitious co-owner David Beckham and manager Phil Neville seems the most concrete.
According to the British newspaper the independent Just before the World Cup, Beckham was already close to an agreement with Messi on a contract starting in mid-2023. The former England midfielder would be willing to give Messi shares at the club to convince him to pick Inter Miami. In part due to the salary cap in MLS, a change in the attacker is not obvious.
Mega salary is ready in Saudi Arabia
Like Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi can opt for a big sandbox salary instead of ‘The American Dream’. According to various Spanish media and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the Saudi Al Hilal has offered an annual salary of no less than 400 million euros.
Messi would earn twice as much as Ronaldo at Al Nassr if he moved to the Middle East. But a departure to Saudi Arabia seems unlikely. including the argentinian sports tnt He reports that Messi wants to continue acting at a high level with a view to the 2024 Copa América.
Newell’s Old Boys hold out hope
Secretly, Newell’s Old Boys, Messi’s youth club, is still hoping for a comeback. The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has indicated several times over the years that he would like to end his career at his hometown club of Rosario.
His compatriot and friend Sergio Agüero fueled the rumors in February. The former Manchester City, Barcelona and national team striker has said Messi is likely to return to Newell’s. Leo is seriously thinking about it.