In a development that could see him reunited with fellow Barcelona team-mate Neymar, Lionel Messi has been predicted to join Paris Saint-Germain next year.
After submitting a transfer request, the mercurial Argentine forward was supposed to depart the Nou Camp during the pre-season but ultimately agreed to remain at the club until at least the summer, when his new deal is due to expire.
It has now been disclosed that at the end of the season, the 33-year-old may be on his way to the Ligue 1 outfit.
Daniel Riolo, a pundit on French radio station RMC, claimed on Thursday: “Lionel Messi will be at PSG next year. I am being very serious.”
It comes after Neymar shared his willingness to play alongside Messi once again on Wednesday night following his side’s UEFA Champions League win at Manchester United.
In their final match to qualify for the knockout stages, the Brazil star scored twice to help secure a 3-1 win over the Red Devils, who will need to avoid defeat against RB Leipzig.
“What I want the most is to enjoy playing with him again”
The 28-year-old answered when asked for more information about how a possible reunion could take place: “He can play in my role, it wouldn’t be a problem with me!”
He then added: “For sure, next year we have to do it.”
Messi has been linked for a number of years with a move away from Barca and at the end of the season he looks likely to finally call time on his partnership with the Spanish giants.
He is the record goalscorer for the club, having hit the net 641 times in 743 games, with his undeniable consistency inspiring his side since his competitive first-team debut in 2004 to win countless trophies.