Lionel Messi increasingly likely to leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer

Lionel Messi is increasingly likely to leave Paris Saint-Germain when his contract runs out this summer. Messi's representatives have been in talks about a contract renewal with PSG and everything was looking positive during the World Cup in Qatar.

However, the dynamic has now changed and his departure from Paris this summer would suit all parties.

PSG consider the move to sign Messi as a free agent in the summer of 2021 to have been a success on and off the pitch, but sections of the club's fans have turned on the player since they were knocked out of the Champions League by Bayern Munich last month.

Messi and the team have not been performing as well as expected since the World Cup - losing seven games in all competitions in 2023 - and his departure in the summer would fit in with the club's new strategy of focusing on young French players instead of signing superstar talents.

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