The 1-1 draw at Strasbourg’s field in round 37 has officially brought the Ligue 1 championship 2022/23 to PSG. This is PSG’s 11th championship, breaking the record of 10 titles held by St-Etienne. In total, they have won 9 of the last 11 seasons since 2013. Before that, this team only had 2 crowns in 1986 and 1994.
With Messi personally, he has had a series of impressive milestones. Accordingly, La Pulga has equaled the achievement of winning the most titles in the history of former teammate Dani Alves (with 43 titles). In addition, Leo also surpassed the record of the most goals scored in the top 5 European leagues of rival Cristiano Ronaldo with 496 goals.
In the 2022/23 season, Messi has got 16 goals and 16 assists after 31 appearances in Ligue 1. Across all competitions, this figure is 21 goals and 20 assists after 40 matches.
In the match against Strasbourg, Messi was the best player and got the highest score according to Sofascore (8.6 points). La Pulga got 1 goal, 3 shots (1 on target), touched the ball 86 times, passed with 91% accuracy, created 2 clear chances and passed with 100% accuracy.
Messi’s opening goal was the fulcrum for PSG to have a 1-1 draw, thereby officially being crowned 1 round before. This is also Leo’s second Ligue 1 title after 2 seasons at the Park of the Princes.
Although he has just achieved proud milestones, the reality of Messi’s time at PSG is more sad than happy. He still played hard and devoted himself to the team but did not receive the love and results he wanted.
The Paris team still dominates the domestic league but is no longer overwhelming. Meanwhile, on the main front, the Champions League, PSG always had to stop early from the 1/8 round because of bitter defeats against Real Madrid (season 2021/22) and Bayern Munich (season 2022/23).
Messi himself could not shine in big matches as expected and he became the target of attack from both the press and PSG fans. La Pulga is often booed by the home fans. They even put up banners cursing him inside and out in the yard.
Messi has never felt loved at PSG. He also did not receive the protection of the BLD team like when he was at Barcelona. Relations with teammates in the dressing room are also not always good.
Because of the above reasons, the possibility of Messi leaving PSG after this season is very high. He was no longer attached to this very marketable team and realized that even if he stayed, he would not be able to win the Champions League silver trophy again.
La Pulga came to the city of light like a king and was greeted warmly. But now, he prepares to go without a trumpet or a drum like a failure.
PSG’s unfinished MNM dream will almost officially close to open a new phase for this team. A dream that looks beautiful but is too far-fetched and far from reality.
For Messi personally, his future is still unclear. Currently, both Barca, Inter Miami and Al-Hilal have expressed their desire to have the service of La Pulga. But it is unknown, La Pulga will follow the “call of money” in the Middle East or the US or “choose the heart” to return to the old club Barca, which is ready to hand over the captain’s armband to him.