Paris Saint Germain Star Lionel Messi Urged to Join Either Napoli or Atletico Madrid Next

Paris Saint Germain Star Lionel Messi Urged to Join Either Napoli or Atletico Madrid Next

  • Lionel Messi has been advised to leave Paris Saint-Germain when his current deal expires
  • The Argentine is into the final months of his contract with PSG and has been urged to move
  • Messi joined the Parisians in 2021 after spending 17 seasons with Barcelona in La Liga

Lionel Messi has been urged to follow in the footsteps of Argentina icon, Diego Maradona by joining Serie A table-toppers, Napoli when his current Paris Saint-Germain contract expires.

Messi’s current deal with PSG expires in the summer although the Ligue 1 giants are in negotiations with the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner to extend his time in the French capital.

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Lionel Messi is yet to agree to a contract extension with Paris Saint-Germain with his current deal in France expiring this summer. Photo by NurPhoto.
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According to PSG Talk, former Italian soccer player and coach, Roberto Donadoni believes Napoli would be the best fit for Messi if he decides to leave PSG.

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“I think that at this moment, in the same team where the one that Maradona played. Napoli is playing perfect football for Messi, playing with the ball, without too much speed but with a lot of technique.”

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Messi’s icon, Maradona remains Napoli's biggest soccer hero after leading the Italian side to their only two league titles in 1987 and 1990, with their stadium even named after him.

Tebas wants Messi’s Barcelona return

Meanwhile, La Liga president, Javier Tebas has revealed he would want Messi to return to Barcelona after spending two seasons away from the Catalan giants, Barca Universal reports.

Tebas confessed it would be good for all parties involved to have the 'greatest player of all-time' back in the Spanish league following the forward’s departure in 2021 to join the Parisians.

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Messi is the all-time leading scorer in La Liga, with 474 goals for Barcelona. He also holds the record for most goals scored in a single season, netting 50 times in the 2011-12 season.

PSG Ultras staging anti-Messi protest

In related news, Sports Brief reported on Messi's move to PSG not meeting the expectations of some club supporters, who are clearly upset with his performances of late.

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner joined PSG amid much fanfare, with the club’s fans hoping the Argentine being on their team would guarantee a Champions League trophy.

However, PSG have failed to progress beyond the round of 16 since Messi’s arrival in Paris and were recently dumped out of Europe’s elite club competition by Bayern Munich.

Source: Sports Brief News