Lionel Messi might NEVER play in the Champions League again following PSG exit

March 10, 2023

According to former Liverpool player and football pundit Jamie Carragher, Lionel Messi may never play in the UEFA Champions League again following Paris Saint Germain’s exit from the Round of 16 against Bayern Munich.

The defending French champions came to the Allianz Arena in an effort to reverse a 1-0 first-leg deficit. With goals from Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting and Serge Gnabry against PSG on Wednesday, Bayern advanced on a 3-0 aggregate.

Although having substantially invested in a star-studded attack that included the likes of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, and Neymar, the defeat prolongs PSG’s wait to win the illustrious competition for the first time.

Lionel Messi

“It could be the last time we see Lionel Messi in the Champions League,” Carragher told CBS Sports.

On the other hand, fans of the Argentine feel that this will definitely not be the last time we see Messi featuring in a Champions League fixture.

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“He is not leaving Europe. I think it’s safe to say whatever his club is next season it will be a Champions League club,” said one fan.

Lionel Messi officially has the 3rd highest appearances in the Champions League. He has played 163 times in the Champions League with only rival Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas having featured more, with 183 and 177 appearances respectively.

The Argentinian forward has lifted the trophy four times with FC Barcelona, but has been unable to win the competition since 2015.

The future of Messi is currently very uncertain, with his current deal with PSG running out in the summer. It is highly unlikely that he will renew his contract at the French capital, with a move to MLS or Saudi Arabia in the cards. That will mean that he will be unable to feature in the Champions League again.

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