Galtier confirms Messi’s departure from PSG and defends the Argentine’s tenure with the club. Lionel Messi will play his last game for Paris Saint-Germain this next weekend, as announced by the team’s manager Christophe Galtier.
Galtier confirmed on Thursday what many had suspected: Messi’s contract with the French club will expire this summer.
“I had the honor of coaching the greatest football player ever. Galtier, whose team faces Clermont Foot on Saturday, said, “I hope he receives the warmest of welcomes.” This will be his final match at the Parc des Princes.
This year he has been a reliable and helpful member of the team. None of the criticisms or remarks are fair. He is a loyal teammate. It’s been an honor to spend the season with him.
While the 35-year-old’s experience with Argentina’s national team resulted in a World Cup victory in December, his tenure with PSG has been anything but fruitful. In August of 2021, he arrived at PSG to play with superstars like Kylian Mbappé and Neymar to pursue the club’s first Champions League championship. While PSG did win their 11th Ligue 1 title last weekend, they were eliminated from the Champions League in the quarterfinal round in March.
Messi has been the target of abuse from a subset of PSG fans in recent weeks, and the club suspended him last month for making an unauthorized trip to Saudi Arabia. There have been rumors that Messi may leave at the end of the season for a lucrative contract in Saudi Arabia, where he has a commercial arrangement to promote tourism.
Barcelona, where he spent most of his career and won 10 La Liga titles and 4 Champions Leagues, has also been mentioned as a possible destination for his return. There have been rumors that Messi could join Inter Miami, David Beckham’s Major League Soccer team.
In 74 outings for PSG throughout all competitions, Messi has scored 32 goals.