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Lionel Messi Could Leave PSG After Just One Year

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Lionel Messi Could Leave PSG After Just One Year

Lionel Messi's time at Paris Saint-Germain could end after just one season, with one source claiming he could leave if the club don't reach one target.

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Messi's move to PSG last summer was certainly a messy one, after he had to leave Barcelona when they couldn't afford to register him for the season.

Whilst the 34-year-old has won his seventh Ballon d'Or since moving to the Parc des Princes, something that confused his son as much as fans, it was his goal scoring with Barca and achievements with Argentina that won him the award.

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So far the forward hasn't found his form in Ligue 1, scoring just one goal in 11 appearances in the league. Things have been better in the Champions League at least, with five in five for the Argentine.

Messi has fared far better in the Champions League than Ligue 1. Image: PA Images
Messi has fared far better in the Champions League than Ligue 1. Image: PA Images

And apparently if that scoring form doesn't continue in Europe, and Messi can't help PSG become European champions for the first time, then Messi could walk.

"Messi will always miss the "modus vivendi" he had in Barcelona," former Barcelona midfielder Lobo Carrasco told El Chiringuito TV.

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"If he succeeds, which means winning the Champions League, he could extend his stay for another year.

"If PSG don't win the Champions League then this year is going to be a long one.

"I don't think he regrets his decision in a sporting sense, but on a personal level he realised [he made a mistake]."

Things haven't gone smoothly for Messi since joining Mauricio Pochettino's side. Image: PA Images
Things haven't gone smoothly for Messi since joining Mauricio Pochettino's side. Image: PA Images
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Messi is currently recovering from Covid, and missed the French giants first game of the new year, when they beat Vannes in the Coup de France.

The forward is expected to be back in time for the Ligue 1 game against struggling Lyon, who are currently seven points off the top four in 13th, but he's still been criticised.

Reports in France suggested that Pochettino only found out about the positive Covid test through a third party, and former PSG man Jerome Rothen wasn't impressed.

"You must always respect your coach, this is what I was taught in Clairefontaine," the former winger said.

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"...Pochettino was not updated as to where Messi was, and that explains a lot of things. This is not a good thing and I think it is very shocking from Messi."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Lionel Messi, Paris Saint-Germain, Ligue 1, Barcelona, La Liga, Champions League, Transfers

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