Lionel Messi to leave PSG after two years – coach

Lionel Messi will go away Paris Saint-Germain after two years on the membership, head coach Christophe Galtier stated Thursday.

ESPN reported final month that Messi would depart PSG when his contract expires this summer time, with the ahead contemplating a transfer to Saudi Arabian aspect Al Hilal, town rivals of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nassr.

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Galter instructed a information convention forward of PSG’s ultimate Ligue 1 match of the season towards Clermont Foot: “I had the privilege of teaching one of the best participant within the historical past of soccer. This will probably be his final match on the Parc des Princes, and I hope that he’ll obtain the warmest of welcomes.

“This yr, he has been an necessary a part of the staff, at all times out there. I do not assume any of the feedback or criticisms are justified. He is at all times been there for the staff. It has been an incredible privilege to accompany him all through the season.”

Messi has contributed with 21 objectives and 20 assists for PSG in all competitions this season.

Messi joined the French champions in 2021 after his 21-year affiliation with Barca ended due to the membership’s monetary points.

Alongside Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, he helped PSG to win Ligue 1 titles in each seasons he spent within the French capital. Nonetheless, back-to-back round-of-16 exits from the Champions League meant the membership’s seek for a primary European title continues.

He scored 32 objectives in 74 video games in all competitions for PSG, in addition to recording 35 assists.

Messi’s time in Paris got here alongside different accomplishments, too. In December, he led Argentina to win the 2023 World Cup, ending his look forward to the one main honour to have eluded him in his profession.

He was then named males’s footballer of the yr at The Finest FIFA Soccer Awards in February — his second time successful the award, including to his file seven Ballon d’Or trophies.

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