Lionel Messi is ready to stay at PSG for another season after winning the World Cup

Lionel Messi’s potential MLS arrival may not be forthcoming.

According to several reports, Messi has verbally agreed to extend his contract with Paris Saint-German for another season. Messi is in the second year of a two-year deal with the French giants and could have started negotiating a new deal with another club in January. Football contracts generally allow players to negotiate freely with other clubs with six months remaining on their contracts.

A report surfaced during the World Cup that Messi was closing a deal to move to MLS in the summer and join Inter Miami. Messi has long been cited as a player who may move to MLS at some point and his name has been continually linked to the team owned by David Beckham.

The November report said Messi would be the highest paid player in MLS history when he moved to Inter Miami during the summer. If or when Messi moves to Inter Miami, perhaps after the conclusion of the 2023-24 season? – he will probably still be the highest paid player in the league. It’s not like his profile has dropped at all in the last few weeks.

The World Cup proved that Messi is still at or near the top of his game. It was incredible as Argentina bounced back from their opening defeat of the tournament to Saudi Arabia to win the World Cup. It was the country’s first World Cup title since 1986 and the victory can serve as validation for Messi’s case for being the best player ever.

Did that World Cup success prompt Messi to stay in Europe? PSG are by far the best team in French Ligue 1, but are still chasing an elusive Champions League title. With Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar up front, PSG boast the best attacking trio in all of club football.

Messi won the Champions League four times at Barcelona before moving to PSG on a free transfer in the summer of 2021. He has scored 11 goals and had 14 assists in 18 Ligue 1 and Champions League games in 2022.

Also this season PSG have another difficult draw in the Champions League. PSG face perennial German champions Bayern Munich in the round of 16 after losing to eventual champions Real Madrid in the round of 16 a season ago. PSG won the first leg of that matchup 1-0 before losing 3-1 in the second leg to lose the tie.

PSG's Lionel Messi controls the ball during the Champions League group H soccer match between Juventus and Paris Saint Germain at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

PSG’s Lionel Messi controls the ball during the Champions League group H soccer match between Juventus and Paris Saint Germain at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

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