PSG close in on securing Messi contract renewal

December 30 – Argentina’s World Cup-winning captain Lionel Messi has reached a deal to renew his contract at Paris St-Germain, according to unconfirmed French media reports.

The 35-year-old forward, seven-times winner of the Ballon D’Or, helped Argentina lift the World Cup trophy by beating France on penalties in the final

Paris St Germain President Nasser Al-Khelaifi said earlier this month that Messi was happy at the club adding that discussions about a contract extension would be held after the World Cup.

Messi, who has 12 goals and 14 assists for PSG in all competitions this season, moved to the French capital from Barcelona in 2021 on a two-year contract.

PSG boss Christophe Galtier said Messi, who missed PSG’s home league game against Strasbourg on Wednesday, would return to France in the New Year.

“He had to return to Argentina for the celebrations, the receptions and we decided that he was going to be off until January 1,” Galtier told news conference.

“And so he will come and join us, either on the 2nd or the 3rd, to be able to resume competition with us, when he will have had between 13 and 14 days of recovery.”

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