Having stayed at Barcelona for the better part of his life, Lionel Messi’s exit from the club in 2021 was difficult to swallow. Not just for fans, who were obviously shattered, but for the Argentine himself, who could not adjust to life at PSG.
His first season in the French capital was rather underwhelming, to say the least. He scored just six goals through 26 appearances in the league, while assisting 17 others. For his standards, those numbers sure are disappointing.
Messi is doing a lot better this season, under a new coach, and playing alongside a fit Neymar. For comparison, he already has four goals and seven assists in the league in eight appearances.
He is evidently looking better, feeling better, and unquestionably playing better. He commented on his revamped form following Argentina’s 3-0 win against Honduras.
“I feel good, I feel different from last year. I knew it was going to be like this”, he said, as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.
Messi has been linked with a return to Barcelona for a fair few months now, with Xavi and Joan Laporta keen on signing him as a free agent in 2023. At the same time, PSG are looking to extend his contract.
“I’m more comfortable with the club, the dressing room, my teammates, the game. I feel very good again, so I’m enjoying starting to enjoy it again”, Messi continued.
Leo’s form, coupled with Kylian Mbappe and Neymar’s, is good enough to win the Champions League this season, at least on paper.
And speculative as it may seem, winning that trophy, which has evaded him for the past seven years, could be reason enough for him to continue in Paris for a longer time.
That said, both clubs know for a fact that Messi will not decide his future anytime before the World Cup ends.