Many thought Lionel Messi was quickly approaching his career’s twilight only a couple of months ago. He was hopeful that he’ll finally add the World Cup to his already-full trophy case. Still, cautious optimism surrounded talk of his final playing days.
However, a dominant performance in Qatar showed everyone that the Argentine superstar still has plenty of gas left in the tank. Besides celebrating his monumental triumph with his home country, he revealed his intentions to keep playing for Paris Saint-Germain and try to win a Champions League trophy with Les Parisiens.
According to a Goal.com report, La Pulga verbally committed to renewing his contract with the Qatari-owned club 72 hours after winning world football’s most significant trophy at the Lusail Stadium.
This sentiment is a sharp retraction of his thoughts before the World Cup began. At the time, many believed Messi would be open to moving to the MLS after his current two-year contract expires in June. OKBET’s football analysis staff thought David Beckham’s Inter Miami were heavy favorites to get his signature.
There’s no reason for PSG to turn down another year of Messi with his current run of form. He’s the team’s third-best goalscorer, and his seven goals in 13 appearances already eclipsed his overall tally last campaign. He’s also the team’s leading creative force, with ten assists in the league.
The defending Ligue 1 champions are heavy favorites to make a deep run into the knockout stages of the Champions League, with three superstar forwards leading the attack. Neymar and Mbappe will focus on bringing the European Cup to Parc des Princes to get over their disappointing World Cup runs.
Meanwhile, Lionel Messi will try to console them by bringing his stellar international form to Europe.
Pep Praises Messi as the Best
Icons and notable figures in the game are pouring their congratulations towards the little magician for finally winning the World Cup. The latest name to honor Messi is Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola.
Guardiola coached Messi and the Blaugrana from 2008 to 2012. Together they won three league titles, two Copas del Rey, two Champions League trophies, and two Club World Cups by the time he left the club for Bayern Munich.
“Everyone has [an] opinion, but nobody can doubt that he’s there with the greatest of all time,” Guardiola told reporters ahead of City’s Carabao Cup clash with Liverpool.
Guardiola coached plenty of top-quality players through his time on the sidelines, from Robert Lewandowski to Erling Haaland. For him to name Lionel Messi as one of the best to kick a football is a testament to the pedigree of talent the Argentine has shown in his career.