Tiktukno: summary of today's events in sports, 12.21 (Sport1)
After long weeks of uncertainty, rumors and hopes on the part of Barcelona and Inter Miami from the MLS, yesterday (Wednesday) the message came from France and around Europe: Leo Messi agreed on a new contract at Paris Saint-Germain.
The Argentinian star ends his contract at the end of the season, and of course Barcelona also hoped to bring him home, and recently it was claimed that he reached an agreement with David Beckham's team from Florida, which wanted to sign him to a huge contract for a long period of time, under which he will remain at the club even after he retires.
But Messi extended his contract in Paris for at least one more season, and will wear the uniform of the French champion also in 2023/24, in great news for PSG, which comes just days after Messi led the Argentine national team to win the World Cup.
Quite unusually, the deal has not yet been signed, but was closed verbally between PSG president Nasser Al Khalaifi and Messi's father, Jorge, who serves as his agent.
The length of the contract and the amount of the salary have not yet been finalized, but the parties know that the principle agreement was most important, and the money will not be an obstacle.
It was reported in "Le Parisien" that "Messi did not hesitate, and he was the one who pushed to close the contract... For Messi, PSG gives him the two most important things to him - Messi's family is good in Paris, and the team gives him the The possibility to continue playing in the European top."
Great news for Parisians.
Messi (Photo: GettyImages)
"Le Parisien" claims that even for Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo's condition is a consideration in the decision to extend his contract.
"While Ronaldo's career is waning, Messi's has reached a new high, with a World Cup win," the French newspaper wrote, "and the Argentine is not satisfied. To finally complete his victory over his Portuguese rival, he still needs to score 11 goals in the Champions League to become the factory's top scorer." ... PSG is the team that offers him the best opportunity to do that, and above all to lift the Champions League trophy for the fifth time in his career... There is no doubt that the situation of Ronaldo, a world star left without a team, made Messi determined ".
The 35-year-old Messi knows that, in addition to a huge salary, PSG also offers him ideal conditions - and a team of stars alongside Kylian Mbappe and Neymar who might this year be able to win the Champions League and give him the eighth Ballon d'Or in his career.
In addition, his family has adapted to the city, and he will not want to move his children to a new place again.
The team's fans also hoped that Messi might return for another round with his youth team, but Barca's financial situation does not allow it to even dream of it, despite the statements of president Juan Laporte.
In the Catalan "Sport" it was written that "Laporte spoke of his desire to bring Messi back, and said he would try to set up a face-to-face meeting with him to calm the tension between the parties... But Messi actually closed the door at the moment to the team that unexpectedly released him, after playing for him for years 13... Messi did not receive an offer from Barcelona even in the summer of 2021, and even now Paris has shown that it wants him more and is more interested."
Paris Saint Germain