Open secret has become official in the least expected way. Coach Christophe Galtier has confirmed that Lionel Messi will leave PSG in the next few days.
"I have the great privilege of coaching the best footballer in history. Saturday is his last game at the Parc des Princes, and I hope everyone enjoys it. fans welcome", the leader from Marseille announced Messi's departure from Paris.
Two years after the surprise landing in Paris, the Rosario star said goodbye in a meaningless match with Clermont.
Galtier's message surprised: the club expected the fans to say goodbye to Messi.
Galtier wants to thank Messi for the work he has done recently: "People talk a lot and criticize a lot about Leo, but he has a positive season."
"Leo needed to adapt in the first year and in the second he performed brilliantly," continued Galtier. "I think the criticism is unreasonable. At 35 years old, once the best player in the World Cup, the balance is very impressive. Messi always serves the team."
Without a doubt, this is a very bitter ending for PSG, after the serious accident of goalkeeper Sergio Rico (currently being treated for falling off a horse and being kicked in the neck and head by the horse).
Sad and happy at the same time
When PSG launched the football revolution in the summer of 2021 and recruited Messi, the main goal was to win the Champions League. Theory suggests that combining him with Kylian Mbappe and Neymar could allow the French team to settle its historic aspirations.
However, Leo left with 2 Ligue 1 titles and 1 French Super Cup.
This season, Messi has scored 21 goals and 20 assists. This achievement brings his two-year collection in Paris to 32 goals and 35 assists in 74 matches.
Last week, with a goal against Strasbourg to help PSG win the title one round early, Messi became the all-time top scorer in Europe's top 5 leagues (496 goals).
Along with conquering the second Ligue 1 championship in a row, this season is also marked by disagreements between Messi and PSG. In fact, the Argentinian player was sanctioned after traveling for personal and commercial reasons to Saudi Arabia without permission.
The relationship seemed so bad that Messi had to stay away from Paris. For example, the day after winning Ligue 1, while the team celebrated the glory, Leo enjoyed a Coldplay performance in Barcelona with his wife, Antonela Roccuzzo.
From whistles to insults
In recent times, Messi has been whistled and booed by some PSG fans. The most prominent date is April 2, becoming an unforgettable sad milestone when reviewing the illustrious career of the Argentine star. Perhaps that afternoon the idol decided to leave.
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