Lionel Messi’s future continues to tilt towards a return to Barcelona, with the Argentine forward running out of contract with PSG at the end of the season and therefore due to be released at the end of June.
Messi did not speak about his plans, a new stay at PSG not being completely excluded. However, his preference is for a return to Camp Nou, where he has acquired iconic status, as he leads the league in appearances, goals and assists for this legendary club.
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The striker is buying time, however, as he waits to see if FC Barcelona can raise the necessary funds to comply with Financial Fair Play (FFP) and welcome him back to the club. According to reports, he wants a decision by the end of the season.
PSG, however, did not appreciate the attitude of Messi’s representatives, led by his father Jorge.
The Parisian thus reports that Messi wants to increase his salary by 37 million euros gross that he currently receives. PSG, meanwhile, offer the player a contract of the same value as the one he signed in 2021, not wishing to insult him by lowering his salary.
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These demands from Messi have been fueled by a €400m-a-year salary offered to him by Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia, where his long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo currently plays with Al-Nassr with mixed results.
Messi has bagged 20 goals and 19 assists in 36 appearances for PSG this season, showing that he remains a player at the top of his game, despite his advanced age.