Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi reportedly wants to beat a certain record held by Cristiano Ronaldo before leaving Europe amid speculation linking him with Saudi Arabian and MLS teams.
Despite reports in December stating that the 2022 FIFA World Cup winner is intent on remaining in France, there has been uncertainty surrounding his future this week.
It has been suggested that Messi and PSG are no closer to agreeing a contract extension than they were before the global showpiece in Qatar, rumours that L’Equipe now appears to have contradicted.
The French publication claims the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner is reluctant to leave Europe amid interest from the MLS and in the Middle East as he wants to remain competitive until at least the 2024 Copa America.
Messi also reportedly does not want to try his hand outside of the continent before breaking Ronaldo's UEFA Champions League goal record, which currently stands at 140.
The Argentine trails his long-time rival's tally by 11 goals and is set to play at least two more matches in the tournament when PSG take on Bayern Munich in the round of 16 in February.
This season, the ex-Barcelona captain has contributed to 27 strikes in 21 games across all competitions for Les Parisiens, with four of those goals coming in the Champions League.
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