Lionel Messi, the renowned Argentine footballer, faces a two-week suspension and a financial penalty from Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) after an unsanctioned trip to Saudi Arabia.
Despite being denied permission for the trip, Messi proceeded, which led to PSG implementing disciplinary measures. This has ignited speculation about Messi’s future with the club, especially as his two-year contract is set to expire this summer.
The suspension sends a strong message about PSG’s commitment to discipline and their focus on nurturing young talent, leading many to believe that Messi’s contract renewal is unlikely. The suspension follows Messi’s full participation in PSG’s recent home defeat to Lorient.
Currently, PSG is leading the Ligue 1 table by five points, with five matches remaining. They’re aiming to secure their ninth league championship in the past 11 seasons. However, Messi’s future may not be with PSG, as Barcelona is reportedly keen on bringing him back to Nou Camp.
According to reports, Barcelona is discussing ways to increase their Financial Fair Play ratio with LaLiga, with the aim of offering Messi a contract this summer for what could be his final year in European football. However, to accommodate Messi’s return, the club will have to restructure their player roster due to spending constraints.
In the meantime, Saudi Arabian team Al Hilal has reportedly offered Messi a one-year contract worth £400m. It remains uncertain whether this offer influenced Messi’s recent trip to Saudi Arabia, where he currently serves as a tourism ambassador.