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Where will the career eventually end up? Messi is rumored to be returning to Barca!
The name Lionel Messi will be widely discussed over the next 12 months. In addition to spending the season at Paris Saint-Germain, he will lead Argentina to the World Cup in Qatar. More importantly, his contract will also expire next summer.
Barcelona wants Messi back, to have a chance to lift the World Cup in the later years of his career
According to reliable sources, that was when Barcelona wanted to make a move to bring the veteran playmaker back to Camp Nou after he was forced to say goodbye to the club in tears two years later. But while they are determined to have Messi back for a more fitting farewell, it is understood that Messi is currently focused on Qatar.
At this stage of his career, his club's future is secondary to him. The 35-year-old has a real chance to emulate the late great Diego Maradona and eventually lift the World Cup in the Middle East later this year, which may be his last chance. Only after that will he decide where he will play in the 2023/24 season.
Messi falls out of the Ballon d'Or list for the first time in 16 years
"France Football" announced the 30-man list for the 2022 Ballon d'Or selection. Lionel Messi, the Paris Saint-Germain star, was not among them. It was the finalist for the 18th consecutive year.
Messi led Argentina to the Copa America title last year and finally beat Poland striker Robert Lewandowski to win his seventh career Ballon d'Or, a record. However, after the transfer from Barcelona, Messi has not performed particularly well, whether in the club or the national team and therefore missed the finalists.
Speaking of the reasons why Messi was not selected, the official said that the selection cycle for this year's Ballon d'Or is from August last year to July this year, so Messi's Copa America champion cannot enter the scoring range. In addition, he has only 6 A goals, Paris was reversed and eliminated by Real Madrid in the Champions League, these factors all affected his rating.
Cristiano Ronaldo rewrote his goals in the national team to 117 goals, 6 goals in the Champions League group stage, and helped Manchester United reach the top 16; in addition, he also scored 18 goals in the Premier League, including 2 hat tricks. In total, he scored 32 goals in 49 games last season, so he was selected for the 30-man list.