The chances of Lionel Messi leaving Paris Saint-Germain to complete a sensational return to Barcelona are increasing, sources have told 90min.
The legendary 35-year-old moved to Paris in the summer of 2021 after Barcelona’s precarious financial position left them unable to negotiate a new contract, bringing down the curtain on a 21-year association with the club.
Messi’s departure stunned the football world, with club officials, supporters and the player himself believing that he would only ever play for Barcelona in his career.
He arrived in the French capital tasked with delivering a first Champions League success alongside Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, but PSG are no closer to achieving that objective after crashing out of this season’s competition to Bayern Munich at the round of 16 stage.
Messi’s contract is officially up in the summer – although PSG have a 12-month option to extend that the player must also agree to – and the Ligue 1 giants have attempted to negotiate fresh terms with the Argentine, his father and representatives. They even believed they were closing in on agreement after his successful return from the World Cup.