Lionel Messi, the World Cup winner, is reportedly set to leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer after contract talks fall through.
The Argentine superstar signed a two-year contract with PSG in 2021, with a third year option. His contract with the French club expires at the end of the season, and he has yet to agree on a contract extension.
During last winter’s World Cup in Qatar, where Messi, 35, led Argentina to victory, his father Jorge informed PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi that Lionel had agreed to stay.
However, according to French outlet L’Equipe, Messi and the club are ‘close to divorce,’ with the veteran set to leave when the season ends after recent negotiations saw both parties actually agree.
The 35-year-old has been linked with a move back to Barcelona, where he spent his entire career before moving to Paris in 2021.
PSG need Messi to take a 25 percent pay cut on his hugely lucrative £ 25.6 million-a-year contract due to their issues complying with Financial Fair Play.