According to a report by RMC Sport (h/t Fabrizio Romano), Lionel Messi has been suspended for two weeks by PSG because of his recent trip to Saudi Arabia. The suspension will take place with immediate effect.
The trip to Saudi Arabia was apparently not sanctioned or approved by PSG, and Messi’s side is yet to relay any communication regarding the incident.
End of his PSG tenure?
Leo’s relationship with PSG has broken down completely, which goes against the French club’s favour, who have been trying to renew the player over the past season. The Argentine becomes a free agent at the end of the season.
Barcelona are actively interested in signing him, and the player has been between the Catalans and PSG in terms of his future, even though nothing is decided yet.
The blaugranes have also sent a financial proposal to La Liga, which has not been approved yet, but the club remain confident about it. In fact, the league believes that the two parties have already reached an agreement.
Joan Laporta and Xavi have already spoken about bringing him back to the Camp Nou after his anti-climatic exit from the club in 2021, when he left as a free agent. Messi’s relationship with the president was reportedly broke, too, who promised the fans the player’s renewal.
However, since then the Spanish politician has called Leo to apologise – a gesture that has gone a long way for the player.
Pretty much the only hindrance in Messi’s return would be Barça’s financial planning. Javier Tebas will have the final say in the move, but has expressed pessimism over it, suggesting the Catalans do not have the economic capacity to pull it off.
“If you ask me the question today, Messi’s return to Barça is very complicated,” the La Liga supremo said.
“We have to see how that will evolve but several conditions would have to be met, Barça players would have to leave, there would have to be a reduction in wages. And then you have to know what salary Messi would have at Barça.”
However, it would be fair to conclude that Messi’s future lies somewhere else now.