Christophe Galtier confirmed Lionel Messi is leaving, PSG deny it

Lionel Messi, PSG
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Lionel Messi's departure from PSG was confirmed by Christophe Galtier during a pre-game press conference ahead of the match against Clermont part of the final MD38 of Ligue 1.

Galtier referred to this event as "Lionel Messi's last game at the Parc des Princes." However, PSG swiftly and quickly clarified the statement, stating that Galtier misspoke and that the match against Clermont would only be Messi's final game at the Parc "this season," according to Le Parisien with AFP.

Messi's contract with PSG expires on June 30. His future remains uncertain but it will be inevitably and clearly far from Paris. Reports have linked him with a return to Barcelona, a move to Saudi Arabia (to join Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema), or potentially joining Inter Miami of the MLS in the United States.

Despite the club's clarification, it is believed that Messi's departure is still on the horizon and something that will happen sooner (in 30 days) rather than later (in a year, or whatever).

Galtier, reflecting on his time managing Messi, expressed his gratitude, saying, "It has been a privilege to have had the opportunity to manage the greatest player in the history of football."

The soon-to-be-sacked manager of PSG acknowledged that Messi's first season at the club, last year involved an adjustment period considering it was his first time leaving Barcelona through his professional career. However, Galtier praised Messi's contributions this season under his dubious guidance, emphasizing his availability and commitment during training sessions.

Throughout the current season, Messi has been an instrumental figure for PSG, tallying 21 goals and 20 assists across all competitions. He leads the Ligue 1 assist charts with 16 offerings, showcasing his undeniable impact on the team on their way to winning their 11th Ligue 1 championship.

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While Galtier's premature statement about Messi's final match at the Parc des Princes has been corrected by PSG, the Argentine's future beyond this season remains a topic of immense interest and speculation. And you'd do well getting ready for a season and career finale for Messi in Paris come Saturday.