- World Cup winner Lionel Messi was afforded yet another break from club duties
- The veteran spent his time off with his wife and children in the chilly Swiss Alps
- He will return to action when Paris Saint-Germain host Reims in the French league
Lionel Messi has been spotted on a skiing vacation with his family, amid the uncertainty surrounding his future at Paris Saint-Germain.
The world champion treated himself to a day of winter vacation with his family after he was afforded yet another break by PSG.
Together with his wife, Antonella Roccuzzo and their children, Thiago, Mateo and Ciro, the Argentine genius travelled to Crans-Montana in Valais, Switzerland to spend a day in the ski area, Switzerland Times.
In photos shared on Instagram, seen by Sports Brief, the Messi family were spotted at the snow-covered mountain resort.
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The veteran was excluded from PSG's recent French Cup assignment, which ended in a landslide victory against sixth-tier club Pays de Cassel, per GFFN.
Nonetheless, he is set to make a return to club duties when the Parisians host Stade Reims on Sunday.
Ex-Chelsea star treks in snow
In related news, former Chelsea winger, Andre Schurrle recently took up an unconventional adventure to trek up a snowy mountain.
Two-and-a-half years ago, the German stunned the football world after he announced his decision to retire from football aged just 29.
He now seems to have swapped the beautiful game for adventures in freezing conditions with minimal clothing.
Messi tops Ballon d'Or rankings
Messi is the favourite to win the 2023 Ballon d’Or award, going by the latest power rankings released for January.
The 35-year-old forward has been in sublime form for PSG as well, having scored 13 goals and provided 14 assists in 21 appearances across all competitions.
The seven-time winner is ranked ahead of PSG teammates, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar Junior, who are ranked second and fifth respectively.
Has Messi refused PSG renewal?
Sports Brief earlier reported on PSG superstar, Messi possibly not renewing his contract with his current club amid reports he wants to leave in the summer.
The 35-year-old’s contract at Parc des Princes expires at the end of the 2022/23 season, but the club have the option to extend it by a further year.
As reported by ESPN, the Barcelona icon is upset at being booed by PSG fans last season, and how critical the French media has been of him.