Months after helping Argentina win the FIFA World Cup of 2022, superstar football player Lionel Messi has concluded his two-year association with French club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and is ready to go to Saudi Arabia, where his longtime adversary Christiano Ronaldo competes, according to AFP.
Messi’s followers and supporters said emphatically that he is the greatest football player of all time (GOAT) after the Qatar 2022 World Cup, putting an end to the discussion.
On the other hand, Lionel Messi’s European football career came to an abrupt end last week when PSG banned him for his unapproved travel to Saudi Arabia.
However, he has failed in his objective to lead PSG to a first Champions League success, suffering back-to-back last-16 losses. He scored 31 goals in 71 appearances for the French champions, and he is anticipated to win a second straight Ligue 1 championship later this month.
The 35-year-old was being courted by Barcelona to return to Camp Nou, where he won four Champions League crowns and 10 La Liga championships until his emotional farewell in 2021.
Even if it is said that Saudi Arabia uses sports to deflect attention from its human rights record, Riyadh will be able to brag about having what are possibly the game’s top two players in its underappreciated local league.
While Messi’s transfer to Saudi Arabia is a “done deal,” a person familiar with the discussions who informed AFP that Ronaldo’s move to Al Nassr was a “done deal” refrained from revealing which club the Argentine would join.
Exhibit A in the discussion of why Lionel Messi was unable to surpass Pele and Diego Maradona in football for so long was his lack of a World Cup championship medal.
But when Argentina defeated France in a thrilling World Cup match in Doha last year, the argument was undoubtedly over.
Messi earned six European Golden Boots, seven Ballon d’Or medals, and 37 club titles over his three-decade football career.
A Copa America championship, an Olympic gold medal, and a number of scoring and statistics records that may never be broken have all been achieved.
In his first World Cup game, the Argentine attacker scored twice as Argentina struggled to a 3-3 draw in extra time before winning on penalties.
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On a night that appeared preordained, not even French striker Kylian Mbappe’s hat trick could derail Messi’s appointment with fate.
Of course, the question of whether Messi really is the “greatest ever” is as pointless as the answer itself.