Following the apology issued by Lionel Messi for his unauthorised trip to Saudi Arabia, Paris-Saint Germain have lifted his 2-week suspension midway on May 8. He was seen back in PSG first team training, which would mean that the World Cup winner is likely to be back playing against Ajaccio this Saturday at the Parc des Princes.
According to Ben Jacobs, a prominent football journalist from CBS Sports, PSG felt that the apology from Lionel Messi was enough to warrant a reduction in his two-week suspension. He mentioned that Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the President of Paris-Saint Germain, was looking to show that his club won’t tolerate indiscipline from anyone, plus the one-week suspension was enough and proportionate for the Argentine since he accepted his mistake.
Notably, the contract of Lionel Messi is set to expire with Paris-Saint Germain. As per the speculations in the footballing world, the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner won’t be renewing his deal with PSG.
In the meantime, Messi is linked with many football clubs around the world for a potential transfer. As per some reports, he already has a £400 million (USD506 million) contract proposal from Al-Hilal, the Saudi Pro League club. If the PSG forward decides to go to the middle east for next season, then he will be playing against his biggest rival on the world football stage, Cristiano Ronaldo from Al-Nassr.
Before that, the 35-year-old is set to finish the current season with Paris-Saint Germain, who are currently six points ahead in the Ligue 1 with four games remaining. For the next few weeks, he will be looking to make key contributions in his quest to yet another league title with PSG.