Lionel Messi Joins PSG Teammate Neymar in Setting Incredible Record in Europe’s Top 5 Leagues

Lionel Messi Joins PSG Teammate Neymar in Setting Incredible Record in Europe’s Top 5 Leagues

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  • Lionel Messi scored his 10th Ligue goal for Paris Saint-Germain as the French champions maintained their lead in France
  • Messi helped PSG to a come-from-behind win over Toulouse at Parc de Princes on Saturday, February 4
  • The Argentina captain equaled his teammate's record of players having 10 goals and 10 assists this season

Lionel Messi has gotten used to setting and breaking records throughout his career and the Paris Saint-Germain forward was at it again on Saturday, February 4.

Messi scored his 10th league goal for PSG as the French champions came from behind to earn maximum points against Toulouse at Parc de Princes.

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Lionel Messi and Neymar are the only two players to have scored at least 10 goals and assisted at least 10 more in Europe's top 5 leagues. Photo by Aurelien Meunier
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According to Sportskeeda, Messi has now become only the second player after PSG teammate Neymar to register at least 10 goals and 10 assists in Europe’s top five leagues.

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The 7-time Ballon d’Or winner has been in sublime form for the French giants this season and has racked up 14 goals and as many assists in 23 appearances across competitions.

In the absence of Neymar and Mbappe, Messi has stepped up for Christophe Galtier’s men and the Argentine superstar will again be looked upon when the Champions League resumes.

PSG confirms Messi contract talks

Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Luis Campos has assured fans they are working towards an agreement with Lionel Messi to extend his contract, Football Espana reports.

Campos revealed the extension with Messi is set to be activated in the coming months as talks continue to take place between the player and the club’s hierarchy.

Messi’s current deal at the Parc des Princes expires at the end of the 2022/23 season with the Parisians retaining an option to extend his contract by 12 months.

PSG advised not to renew Messi’s contract

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Lionel Messi and Paris Saint-Germain are presently on the negotiating table for a contract renewal, but that idea is not being backed up by the club’s former player Jerome Rothen.

Messi’s current deal with the Ligue 1 champions expires in the summer and PSG are looking to extend the 35-year-old’s contract as soon as possible.

Rothen sighted financial fair play (FFP) as a reason and believes PSG should instead let Messi go so as to use his huge wage bill to improve the rest of the squad.