According to French sports daily L’Equipe, Paris St Germain forward Lionel Messi’s contract will not be renewed by the club due to an unauthorized trip to Saudi Arabia.
When Messi initially joined the club in 2021, he signed a contract with an optional third-season clause. However, club officials have chosen not to activate this clause, as reported.
On Tuesday, the 35-year-old received a two-week suspension, mentioned L’Equipe, since he was expected to train with his team after a 3-1 home defeat against Lorient in Ligue 1 on Sunday, but instead he flew to Saudi Arabia.
During his suspension, the Argentina World Cup winner is prohibited from participating in team activities and will have a deduction in his salary.
As a result, Messi will not be available for the upcoming Ligue 1 matches against Troyes and Ajaccio, but there is a possibility of his return for the match against Auxerre on May 21. He will then be eligible to play for the club until the season concludes on June 3.
Currently, PSG holds the top position in the standings with 75 points from 33 matches, enjoying a five-point lead over second-placed Olympique de Marseille.