PSG: Lionel Messi will extend in Paris

PSG: Lionel Messi will extend in Paris

The greatest player in the history of football does not intend to leave Paris and will wear the colors of PSG during the 2023-2024 season! This information from the Parisian will inevitably have the effect of a bomb just three days after the coronation of the Argentine number 10 in the final of the World Cup.

However, there is no direct link. The exchanges were regular between the leaders of the PSG and Jorge Messi, the father and agent of the player. For three months, the main lines of an extension have been drawn. And at the beginning of December, in the heart of the World Cup, an agreement in principle was reached. It will be sealed as soon as the player returns from vacation, during a meeting with Nasser Al-Khelaïfi and Luis Campos, where the duration and amount of his contract will be refined.

Even on top of the world, he is not satisfied

Lionel Messi does not seem to have been difficult to convince. Paris offers him two essential elements in his eyes: his family is happy and PSG allows him to stay at the top European level. While Cristiano Ronaldo’s career is nearing its twilight, Messi’s has just reached its peak with the world title.

And the Argentinian is not satisfied. To definitively fold the match with his Portuguese rival, he still has eleven goals to score in the Champions League to dethrone him in the ranking of top scorers in the biggest club competition.

PSG is the club that offers him the maximum guarantees to achieve this objective and above all, to hope to lift the Champions League for the fifth time. Together with Mbappé and Neymar, Messi forms the most grandiose attack in the history of football. He has fun, wins and is now the favorite for an 8th Ballon d’Or at the Parc des Princes. At 35, he pushes the limits and demonstrates that retirement age has not yet come. And there is no doubt that the situation of Ronaldo, planetary star without a club since this winter, has not left the Argentinian indifferent.

His future had been the subject of much speculation in recent months. After an unconvincing first season at PSG, marked by boos from supporters after the elimination in the Champions League, many saw him quickly change his tune. It was announced in Miami, in the Beckham club, in this sunny city where the Messi family has an apartment and likes to relax. Others, blinded by the sleight of hand of President Joan Laporta, imagined him returning to Catalonia.

The capital club stayed one step ahead

But the Catalan club does not have the financial resources to repatriate the man with seven Ballon d’Ors. And moreover, even if Barça remains the club of his life, Messi retains a deep resentment towards its leaders. He never argued with Barça and just politely listened to the arguments of David Beckham, shareholder of the Miami club.

In fact, PSG have always stayed one step ahead of their few competitors. The real question for Campos and Al-Khelaïfi was how Messi would have dealt with a World Cup failure and what direction he would have given his career. The way the best player in the World flew over the competition erased doubts. The Pulga is still hungry and its genius is intact. He will delight Parisian supporters for at least a year and a half.

Harmony found

A man of few words, Messi had spoken about his well-being in Paris in an interview with Conmebol ahead of the World Cup. “I like Paris a lot more, I discover the city and I find it magnificent. In the first year, there was a huge change. Things happened very suddenly, it was not my goal to leave Barcelona and everything was abrupt. After this long period and difficult times, I am happy to live where I live and my family and I are enjoying Paris. Today, I enjoy everything including football. »

He has indeed found a smile as his statistics prove: 4 goals, 4 assists in 5 Champions League games and 7 goals and 10 assists in Ligue 1… Behind these figures, a contagious joy and a harmony found with Mbappé and Neymar. The World Cup was his life’s goal. He is now relieved of this pressure and will be able to give the best to Paris. No other club could offer him such playing conditions. And such salary conditions: nearly €41 million gross per year, which remains well below Kylian Mbappé’s €72 million.

The Mbappé file will be the next big challenge for Parisian leaders. Officially under contract until 2025 (with an exit door from 2024), the French prodigy made his desires elsewhere known in the fall, reproaching his president Nasser al-Khelaïfi for not having kept his commitments to a sporting point of view. Can Messi’s extension affect his thinking? No doubt… Mbappé wants to be number one in his team and now aspires to no longer share the limelight. But he also knows that it is by playing with the best that he gives himself the maximum chance of filling his trophy cabinet. A dilemma which will undoubtedly be the soap opera of the spring.