Lionel Messi could push for a move away from Paris Saint-Germain

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According to former Barcelona midfielder Lobo Carrasco, Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi could force an exit from the the club. It is believed that if the French side fail to secure the UCL this season, then the Argentine will look for a move away from the Ligue 1 club.

Messi had joined PSG in the summer, after an unsuccessful contract extension agreement between him and FC Barcelona. A rather emotional departure from Spain was followed by a heart warming welcome from his fans in France.

Nevertheless, the player is yet to set his mark at the Parc de Princes. The French club are one of the favourites to win the Champions League this season with a power packed squad. However, in case the team fails to bag the title, the future of several of the players will be put in question including Messi and Kylian Mbappe.

Why Messi could plan to leave Paris Saint-Germain next season

It has been almost 5 months since Leo joined PSG. The player’s haters believed that he would not be able to prove himself out of his “comfort zone” – Barcelona. On the other hand, the 7 time Ballon d’Or winner’s fans believed that the player will take the Ligue 1 by a storm the way he did with La Liga.

However, the 34-years-old forward has fallen short of his potential. In 11 Ligue 1 appearances, Messi has only 1 goal and 5 assists. These numbers are nowhere close to what he used to put up in the Spanish League. On the bright side, the Argentine has 5 goals in 5 UCL appearances for Mauricio Pochettino’s team. (stats via TRANSFERMARKT)

His lack of returns have certainly put questions over the player’s future at the club. With his contract lasting till 2023, the Ligue 1 title already looks to be taken away by PSG. Speaking to El Chiringuito, Lobo Carrasco believes that failure of winning the European title could make the player think over his stay at Paris, stating:

“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).”

While there is no doubt over the his potential and what he can bring to the club, La Pulga is set to make a return from Covid-19 in the game against Lyon. The club will face Real Madrid in the UCL Ro16 on 16th Feb.

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