On the verge of completing a generally disappointing first season with Paris Saint-Germain, Lionel Messi was recently mentioned early on. Eventually, Pulga could remain and even become the boss within the reigning French champion team.
The spotlight has been on Kylian Mbappé for weeks. Will it extend? Won’t it stretch? Today the suspense is at its peak. Beyond the financial aspect, it would also be a question of image, and a real leadership role within the staff of the PSG. In the event of a proven departure of the French world champion, widely quoted at Real Madrid, this leadership could go to Lionel Messi. According to Sky Sports News, the Parisian leaders would consider the possibility of transforming their future project around the Argentine star. Surprising information, especially after the first complicated months spent by Pulga in France. But we are talking about a player who many consider the best on the planet. What makes this hypothesis perfectly defensible. A hypothesis that would occur only in the event of Mbappé’s departure, of course. For the moment it is difficult to say whether the former Monaco star will pack his bags or not, when he only has two months left on his contract to honor. While Paris does everything to keep him.
Messi seems more determined than ever to win at PSG
– Paris Saint Germain (@PSG_inside) April 23, 2022
For his part, Lionel Messi has not been spared since he signed for Paris Saint-Germain last summer. First of all because he played little in the first months of the match. Then, because in 2021 in Ligue 1 he scored only one small goal, against Nantes, for a total of 4 after 34 matches. Not to mention this missed knockout round of the Champions League second leg against Real Madrid, like almost all of his team. And this after missing a penalty in the first leg. In the process, a hasty return from Pulga to FC Barcelona, as well as a departure to the MLS, was widely mentioned.
A double Champions League – World Cup to end in apotheosis?
But lately Lionel Messi has continued to proclaim his willingness to honor his contract to the very end. Despite a dented popularity rating, the man with 672 goals in 778 games for Barça has 13 assists this season in L1, almost as much as Kylian Mbappé. Rosario’s ex crack is a competitor. He wants to offer the first Champions League in his history to Paris Saint-Germain. And why not a World Cup in Argentina at the end of the year in Qatar. Many South Americans could leave Paris this summer. Let’s think about the coach Mauricio Pochettino, but also to Neymar, Leandro Paredes, Mauro Icardi or Ángel Di María. This shouldn’t be the case with Messi. It remains to be seen who would be chosen to gravitate to him in attack. The Mbappé – Messi – Neymar hat-trick will not have made the sparks hoped for, at least not over time. It is up to Paris Saint-Germain to find adequate reinforcements that will allow the 35-year-old player to regain his splendor.