“I hope he is received in the best way, he has been important for the team”


The Argentine player Leo Messi will leave Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season, on June 30, after not renewing with the Parisian club and opting, as confirmed by his coach, Christophe Galtier, to play his last game at the Parc this Saturday. des Princes.

“I have had the privilege of training the best player in the history of football, Leo Messi. This Saturday will be his last game at the Pac des Princes and I hope he will be received in the best possible way”, announced the coach at a previous press conference to that clash against Clermont.

This confirms the departure of Leo Messi from PSG, a club he arrived at in August 2021 from FC Barcelona, ​​from which he left due to the then poor economic situation that prevented the club from renewing and registering him.

Messi underwent the illusion and joy in Paris, in some fans who aspired to see him win the much-desired and persecuted Champions League together with Kylian Mbappé and Neymar. But Messi’s record in his two seasons in Paris will remain in two Ligue 1 and one Super Cup.

In terms of goals and assists, the ’30’ was at a good level, especially in this campaign marked by the presence in the middle of the winter of Qatar 2022 that Messi, as captain, conquered for Argentina. At the moment, he has 21 goals and 20 assists in the absence of this Saturday’s game.

“He’s been an important piece of the team, he’s always been available. I don’t think any of the comments or criticism received are justified. When you have a season with the World Cup on the horizon and you end up with statistics of 21 goals and 20 assists, it’s that you have always been there for the team”, defended Galtier.

In this sense, the coach assured that it was a “great privilege” to accompany him throughout the season. However, beyond his contribution in goals and assists and the conquest of the second consecutive league, this season will also be marked by disagreements between Messi and his entourage and the Parisian club.

In fact, the Argentine was sanctioned and removed from the team – until he was forgiven after a ‘mea culpa’ message on his networks – after traveling for personal and commercial reasons to Saudi Arabia without permission. In addition, when it seemed that he was going to renew his contract, things went wrong to the point that, for months, he had been kept away from Paris.

So this Saturday against Clermont Foot 63 will be his last game with the PSG shirt, in a Parc des Princes that, according to the Argentine’s dismissal, will issue a sentence. What was going to be a celebration party for Ligue 1, will come to nothing due to the serious state of health of the Spanish PSG goalkeeper Sergio Rico, and for that confirmation of the departure of a Messi who went from being excited to leaving through a door side.

The future of Leo Messi, at 35, is still unknown. His options are going to play in Saudi Arabia or the United States, if he is looking for a golden retirement, and he also has the option of returning to FC Barcelona, ​​where the president, Joan Laporta, and his ex-partner and now coach Xavi Hernández have confirmed his wish. to meet again