The future of Lionel Messi is a topic of discussion, considering the 35-year-old’s contract is up after this coming season and the recent reports about a possible return to Barcelona.
In his exclusive CaughtOffside column via Substack, transfer window specialist Fabrizio Romano provided the latest surrounding the future of Messi. The Italian journalist stated that the Argentine would decide following the FIFA World Cup.
“Lionel Messi’s situation is calm. For months, Joan Laporta has spoken about the dream of bringing Messi back to Barcelona one day,” Romano explains.
“Xavi Hernandez would be happy for this to happen, but at the moment, it is only words. Messi is under contract at PSG, and the French club are looking to extend his contract by another year – he will decide his future after the World Cup.”
This year, Messi will be focused on what’s likely his final World Cup and looks to win the one trophy that has eluded him during his playing career. As a result, the PSG forward might not want any distractions.
Afterward, the Argentine will begin weighing his options over what to do next with his career. PSG wants to extend Messi, but there’s also the pull of possibly returning to the Camp Nou to close out his playing career.
Furthermore, there’s the other option of heading to North America and signing with MLS side Inter Miami, who the forward has long been linked to since the franchise began playing in 2020.