Messi to extend his contract with PSG for another year

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Argentina captain Lionel Messi will sign a one-year extension with his current Champions League team Paris Saint-Germain, ending rumors of a possible link-up with his old team Barcelona. Messi’s contract with PSG was due to expire in June 2023.

According to BBC Sports, Messi has reached “agreement in principle” to extend his contract for a further year with the option of a further year. The meeting comes after 4 months of discussions between Messi’s father Jorge and PSG director of football Luis Campos.

The deal finally went through after a meeting between PSG owner Nasser Al-Khelafi and George. Messi is expected to sit down with the PSG president and other top officials after he returns from his World Cup break.

Messi joins PSG in 2021 on a two-year contract, with an option to extend it for a further year. Before that, Messi spent his entire career in Barcelona.

Earlier, Barcelona FC president Joan Laporta had expressed interest in bringing Messi back to his former team. However, reports say that Messi was not approached for a possible reunion.

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has won four Champions League titles, one Copa America, 10 La Liga trophies with Barcelona and a Ligue 1 crown with PSG and a World Cup with his national side.

Messi has scored 23 goals in 53 appearances for PSG while the star player scored 672 goals in 778 games during his Barcelona stint.

Messi-led Argentina recently won the World Cup after 36 years despite a stunning hat-trick by French player Kylian Mbappe. After a thrilling final in Lusail, he was also awarded the Golden Ball, awarded to the best player of the FIFA World Cup.

The 35-year-old had earlier expressed his desire to retire after the World Cup but changed his mind after lifting the trophy.

(with inputs from agencies)

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