Messi Set to Skip PSG’s Last Game As Forward Is Concerned About His Fitness Ahead of the World Cup

Messi Set to Skip PSG’s Last Game As Forward Is Concerned About His Fitness Ahead of the World Cup

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:15 PM
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  • Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi is reportedly concerned about his fitness ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar
  • The 35-year-old Argentina captain could request to skip PSG's last match in November to avoid getting injured, prior to the start of the World Cup
  • Messi is set to participate in his final World Cup tournament as he bids to win the competition for the first time in his career with Argentina

Lionel Messi is worried about picking up a late injury before the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which is set to kick off in Qatar on November 18.

The 7-time Ballon d’Or winner is aiming to lift the World Cup for the first time with Argentine and wants to avoid picking up any injuries before the start of the Mundial.

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Lionel Messi has announced the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be his last for Argentina. Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce.
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According to Sportskeeda, Messi could request to miss Paris Saint-Germain’s final Ligue 1 game before the World Cup against Auxerre - just to be safe.

PSG will host Auxerre at the Parc des Princes on November 13, while Argentina's Qatar journey begins exactly 9 days later on November 22 against Saudi Arabia.

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Lionel Messi is currently enjoying his life in the French capital with PSG, scoring 12 goals and dishing out 13 assists in just 17 games for the French Ligue 1 champions.

Messi decides future in 2023

Meanwhile, veteran Italian journalist, Fabrizio Romano has revealed Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi will decide on his future in 2023, Football Espana reports.

MLS club Inter Miami, as well as Barcelona, are interested in signing the 7-time Ballon d’Or winner at the end of the season when his current PSG contract expires.

PSG also are interested in extending Messi’s contract, following his outstanding performances for the French Ligue 1 champions this campaign.

Messi’s outrageous defence-splitting assist

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Lionel Messi produced yet another show-stopping performance for Paris Saint-Germain, as the French champions fought back to seal a 4-3 win against Troyes.

The 35-year-old playmaker was at his devastating best as he scored and provided an assist to help Les Parisiens claw back the victory and most importantly, keep their unbeaten streak intact.

Messi has been simply unstoppable this term, producing superlative performances in the shirt of PSG week in and week out.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..