Lionel Messi, PSG changes tone

Salary increase, demands of a new contract, but disappointing performance in the Champions League, Lionel Messi will have to calm down if he really intends to stay at PSG. His demands cause a real questioning of his future on the side of Nasser Al-Khelaïfi.

Despite the elimination in the Champions League, there has not yet been any bloodshed or any major speech from the PSG staff in March. The revolution promised last summer, the end of the bling-bling, was not really obvious, and even the choice to sign Luis Campos to achieve a leading transfer window is more than debatable now. Paris SG will be expected to make major decisions, with the strengthening of the highlighting of Kylian Mbappé, the forcing that will be done to remove Neymar, who the club no longer wants, and the future of Lionel Messi.

Like the Brazilian, the Argentinian had a sparkling first half of the season, showing a totally different face from his disastrous first year at Paris SG. But since the World Cup, Lionel Messi has only made a few moves, certainly bordering on genius, as was the case during the Ligue 1 match won at the Vélodrome against OM. But his contribution to the Champions League has not been very inspired, and the question of his future arises as he comes to the end of the contract.

For the moment, the player has left the negotiations in abeyance, which have gone off in all directions in the heart of winter. The idea was always to sign a new contract, rather than extending for a year as the option in his current contract requires. With in the end, a higher salary. But the Mirror reminds us that Lionel Messi has already seen, as provided for in his contract signed in 2021, his salary increase from 30 to 40 million euros last summer, which made him the highest paid European player. before the revaluation of Kylian Mbappé’s contract.

PSG increased Messi’s salary

And all Messi that he is, his salary weighs heavily on Parisian finances. The English newspaper assures that the PSG finds the financial demands of the 2022 world champion exaggerated and is concerned to see its financial hole, already colossal last season (370 ME in losses), grow even larger with these new more expensive contracts for its players. stars. Nasser Al-Khelaïfi still feels the pressure from UEFA on his shoulders growing, and knows the possible sanctions in the event of slippage, with a suspended fine of 55 million euros all the same. Is Messi worth this sacrifice and this endangerment of the financial balance of Paris SG? Qatar is asking itself questions, and this has in any case a good chance of weighing on the next discussions between the Argentinian clan and the club of the capital.

Because, it is the wish of several observers, the end of the contract of players such as Sergio Ramos and Lionel Messi, even Neymar if the PSG achieves the miracle of parting with them, can also free up a lot of room to concoct a new team. able to better adapt to the game of Kylian Mbappé, who is now the player around whom everything will turn in Paris.

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