Update: 01.06.2023 14:53
Paris – Argentinian striker Lionel Messi will play his last match for the Paris St. Germaine. Coach Christophe Galtier told journalists. According to media speculation, the 35-year-old world champion could leave for a lucrative job in Saudi Arabia, a return to Barcelona, where he previously worked for 21 years, is also not ruled out.
“I had the honor of coaching the best footballer of all time. This will be his last game at the Parc des Princes. I hope he gets the warmest possible welcome,” said Galtier, who took charge of PSG before this season.
Messi left Barcelona in the summer of 2021 after not renewing his planned contract because the Catalan giants could not afford him due to the Spanish league’s financial fair play rules. With the “Blaugrana” he won, among other things, the Spanish league ten times and the Champions League four times.
The Rosario native then signed a two-year contract with PSG. In both seasons, he won the title with the Parisians and once the French Supercup. In the Champions League, which the club has never won, but the French team has been eliminated in the round of 16 each time. At the end of last year, the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner led his country to its first World Cup title in 36 years.
Messi has fared better at PSG this season, scoring 21 goals and 20 assists in 40 competitive games. In the first year, he scored 11 goals and 15 assists in 34 competitive duels.
“He was an important part of the team this season, he was always available. I don’t think any comments or criticism towards him is justified. He was always there for the team. I consider it an honor to accompany him this season,” said Galtier.
Messi’s future is unclear. On Monday, his former team-mate and current Barcelona coach Xavi said he would speak to the Argentine star about his possible return to the club.
Source: České noviny – sport by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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