Lionel Messi Considering Terminating His PSG Contract Within the Next 10 Days
PSG superstar, Lionel Messi wants to terminate his contract at the club within the next 10 days.
According to Le Parisien, the Argentina World Cup winner is currently very unhappy with the club over the 2-week suspension they handed to him.
Now, the Argentina international wants to leave the club before the end of the season.
Messi and his team are now working to try and see if he can leave Parc des Princes within the next 10 days.
Messi was punished after the unauthorized trip to Saudi Arabia. He has been told not to use the club’s facilities during this period.
The initial plan was to leave the club at the end of the season when his contract would expire but has changed now as the forward is considering the option of ending things early and leaving even before the club is crowned Ligue 1 champions.
Messi knew that travelling to Saudi Arabia on a "work day," without the green light from the club, was not acceptable, but he went regardless. He was named as the country's "tourism ambassador" back in 2022, making at least three trips in the past year as part of his contractual obligations to visit. He'd had to postpone this trip twice because of logistical issues and was reportedly unwilling to do it again. The perception, however, is that he didn't respect his club enough to report for mandatory training after that Lorient loss, their third in the past four home games.
However, even before this latest incident, his future didn't look all that clear. After news before the 2022 World Cup of their agreement in principle to sign a new deal, meetings between Jorge Messi (Lionel Messi's dad) and the club in February and March led to nothing.
To those in the room, it felt as though neither party really wanted to continue together. PSG even reportedly asked their star to take a pay cut, knowing it was something he would never be likely to accept.
Additionally, people at the club were no longer convinced that there were legitimate on-field reasons to keep him. Messi shone in Ligue 1, where he is still too good in most games against most opponents, but he notably failed in the Champions League, with two poor performances against Bayern Munich in which he showed his limitations. Messi was ostensibly recruited to help the team win the Champions League; with him, they lost twice in the round of 16.