Lionel Messi to stay at PSG for another season after winning the World Cup

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Lionel Messi’s MLS potential may not be forthcoming.

According to several reports, Messi has verbally agreed to extend his contract with Paris Saint-German for another season. Messi is in the second year of a two-year contract with the French giants and could have started negotiating a new contract with another club in January. Football contracts usually allow players to negotiate freely with other clubs with six months left on their contracts.

A report at the World Cup revealed that Messi was closing in on a deal to move to MLS this summer and join Inter Miami. Messi has long been touted as a player who could move to MLS at some point and his name has been continuously linked with David Beckham’s team.

The November report said Messi became the highest-paid player in MLS history when he moved to Inter Miami this summer. If or when Messi moves to Inter Miami – perhaps after the end of the 2023-24 season? – will likely remain the highest paid player in the league. It’s not as if his profile has gone down at all in the past few weeks.

The World Cup showed that Messi is still at or near the top of his game. It was unbelievable as Argentina bounced back from a tournament opener defeat against Saudi Arabia to win the World Cup. It was the country’s first World Cup title since 1986 and the win could prove Messi’s case to be the greatest player of all time.

Did this World Cup success force Messi to stay in Europe? PSG are by far the best team in France’s Ligue 1, but are still chasing the Champions League title. With Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar up front, PSG have the best attacking trio in all of club football.

Messi won the Champions League four times at Barcelona before moving to PSG on a free transfer in the summer of 2021. He has scored 11 goals and provided 14 assists in 18 Ligue 1 and Champions League games in 2022.

PSG also face another tough draw in the Champions League this season. PSG face reigning German champions Bayern Munich in the round of 16 after losing to eventual champions Real Madrid in the first round last season. PSG won the first leg of that match 1-0 before losing 3-1 in the second leg to lose the tie.

PSG's Lionel Messi controls the ball during the Champions League Group H soccer match between Juventus and Paris Saint Germain at Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022. (AP Photo / Antonio Calanni)

PSG’s Lionel Messi controls the ball during the Champions League Group H soccer match between Juventus and Paris Saint Germain at Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022. (AP Photo / Antonio Calanni)

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