Lionel Messi to be forced out of Europe with no teams willing to sign him
Lionel Messi's future in PSG and European football is uncertain. He will most probably leave France next summer, and there is a large chance he has to move either to the United States or Saudi Arabia with no realistic suitors playing in Europe.
After Messi received a suspension for two weeks, heavy fines, and was barred from using the club's facilities due to his unauthorized trip to Saudi Arabia, the Argentine world champion will also miss the next two games played by PSG in the Ligue 1, and there is a chance he actually never plays for his current team again.
Despite PSG offering him a contract extension a few months ago following the World Cup, Messi and his entourage have yet to respond with a clear yes or no. It is expected that his contract will expire at the end of June without an agreement in place and Messi leaning toward leaving PSG as soon as he can.
There are speculations of potential interest in acquiring the low-form superstar coming from Al-Hilal and former club Barcelona, although the latter is experiencing Financial Fair Play problems and it would take a miracle for them to land Messi without having to sell half of their team, three-quarters of the Spotify Camp Nou, and (probably) wearing all-white kits.
Inter Miami has also shown interest, but a move to the MLS club and the United States may not happen immediately as Messi is keen to stay in Europe and play in the Champions League for another season or two.
However, his future in Europe is uncertain as there has been no massive interest from any team playing in the old continent that can offer him what he wants, Jonathan Johnson revealed in his latest newsletter published Friday.
That is, of course, because Messi still considers himself an elite player even if he was unable to lift PSG past the R16 of the Champions League in his two seasons spent in Paris... not to mention having the French club in peril of losing this year's Ligue 1 title because of the absolute lack of help he's provided the squad with.
Premier League clubs have not shown interest due to their focus on younger players that can offer future sale value and actual production on a football pitch demanding more than 10-minute bursts such as those Messi provides and is only interested in these days.
Messi's form with PSG suggests that he is still at some level, but sustaining the rigors of Premier League football, two domestic cups, and the Champions League at this stage of his career may be challenging. Just maybe, you know.
Overall, Messi's time in PSG has not been a success as the club is not where it wants to be and his form has been inconsistent. Fans have shown their disappointment with protests and chants directed toward him and other key figures in the club as early as last Wednesday, asking for his exit as soon as that can be sealed (and Messi packed and delivered somewhere far from Paris).
It remains to be seen where Messi's future will take him as he navigates his way towards the end of his career. One thing is clear, and that is that his coffers might still get filled in bunches but his shelves could not have many more trophies (individual and/or collective) coming their way.