A Look Into Lionel Messi’s Career By The Numbers AFP

According to several reports, Lionel Messi has no intention of renewing his expiring contract with Paris Saint Germain.

Lionel Messi, the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner, joined the Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain in the summer of 2021 after leaving his boyhood club FC Barcelona. Messi had signed with Paris Saint Germain on a two-year deal after FC Barcelona failed to renew his expired contract due to their sorry financial situation. Messi's two-year deal with PSG expires on June 30, Forbes reported.

Before the World Cup, it was reported that Messi intended to extend his terms at Paris Saint Germain. However, recently, there have been rumors that nothing is certain.

According to FC Barcelona expert Gerard Romero, Messi has no intention of renewing his PSG deal. Romero was one of the top sources on Barca's transfer dealings in the last summer window. Romero clarified that this does not mean that the seven-time Ballon d’Or will be returning to Barcelona in the summer, Barça Universal reported.

Romero claims that after winning the World Cup in Dec. 2022, Messi is wishing to evaluate other things as per his next step.

It was also recently reported that Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal was ready to offer Messi a mouthwatering deal of up to $350 million a year. If Messi accepts the proposal from Al Hilal, he would become the world's highest-paid soccer player. He would also overtake generational rival Cristiano Ronaldo who recently signed a $210 million-a-year deal with Al Hilal's rivals Al Nassr.

In 2022, Messi finished runner-up in Forbes' list of the world's-highest paid soccer players. He earned $120 million - $65 million of which were made on-field and $55 million off-field.

Ronaldo was third on Forbes' list of the world's-highest paid soccer players with $100 million ($40 million on-field, $60 million off-field). Meanwhile, Messi's PSG teammate Kylian Mbappe clinched first place in the list thanks to his lucrative contract extension with the club which brought him $128 million split into $110 million on-field and $18 million off-field.

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