Barcelona report: Lionel Messi wants to leave PSG – but won't return to Camp Nou

Lionel Messi
(Image credit: Getty)

PSG star Lionel Messi has reportedly decided to leave the French champions when his contract expires at the end of the season, with a move to Major League Soccer on the cards.

The 35-year-old departed his boyhood club Barcelona amid dire financial issues last summer and penned a two-year deal in Paris.

Messi won the Ligue 1 title in his debut season, scoring six league goals as he teamed up with Kylian Mbappe and Neymar in a glittering forward line.

Lionel Messi of Argentina gestures during the Finalissima 2022 match between Italy and Argentina at Wembley Stadium on June 1, 2022 in London, England.

Messi's future could lie in Major League Soccer. (Image credit: Matteo Ciambelli/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

But Beteve (opens in new tab)reports that Messi doesn’t want to extend his stay at PSG beyond 2022/23 as he hasn’t settled there.

He will therefore leave next summer, with the Argentina international said to be eyeing a long-touted switch to MLS. 

There have been rumours of a return to Barcelona after club president Joan Laporta publicly stated he would like to make the move happen, but a Camp Nou switch isn’t a priority for the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner.   

The Catalan publication claims (opens in new tab)that something putting Messi off a move to Barcelona is the presence of his former team-mate Gerard Pique, and that the forward won’t go back if Pique is still a member of the squad.

This follows reports that Pique influenced Barca's decision to let Messi leave (opens in new tab) Camp Nou last year. 

Gerard Pique and Lionel Messi at Barcelona.

Pique's presence at Barcelona is said to be an issue blocking Messi's return.  (Image credit: Getty Images)


Messi has started the season in good form for PSG, with six goals and eight assists in 11 appearances in all competitions.

He will soon have his sights set on the World Cup 2022 (opens in new tab) in Qatar, where he is almost certain to be a part of the Argentina squad. (opens in new tab)

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1