Lionel Messi to leave PSG after two years, head coach Christophe Galtier confirms
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Lionel Messi to leave PSG after two years, head coach Christophe Galtier confirms

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Lionel Messi is set to depart from Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) after a two-year stint, as confirmed by head coach Christophe Galtier. Galtier announced on Thursday that Messi would be leaving the club. Last month, ESPN reported that Messi would not renew his contract with PSG and was considering a move to Al Hilal, a Saudi Arabian team, which happens to be the city rivals of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nassr.

Galtier shared the news during a press conference ahead of PSG’s final Ligue 1 match against Clermont Foot, stating, “I had the privilege of coaching the best player in the history of football. This will be his last match at the Parc des Princes, and I hope that he will receive the warmest of farewells.”

He praised Messi’s contribution to the team, emphasizing his availability and dispelling any unjustified comments or criticisms. Galtier expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to work with Messi throughout the season.

During his time at PSG, Messi made a significant impact, scoring 21 goals and providing 20 assists across all competitions this season. In 2021, Messi joined PSG after a 21-year association with Barcelona, due to the financial challenges faced by his former club.

Teaming up with Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, Messi helped PSG secure Ligue 1 titles in both seasons he played in the French capital. However, the club’s quest for a first-ever Champions League title was halted with back-to-back round-of-16 exits.

Messi’s statistics with PSG include 32 goals in 74 games across all competitions, along with 35 assists. Moreover, his time in Paris saw additional triumphs. In December, he led Argentina to victory in the 2023 World Cup, finally clinching the only major honor that had eluded him throughout his illustrious career. In February, he was crowned men’s footballer of the year at The Best FIFA Football Awards, securing the award for the second time and adding to his record seven Ballon d’Or trophies.

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