PSG won the 11th French Title
As a result of Lionel Messi’s goal in a 1-1 draw away at Strasbourg, (Paris Saint-Germain) PSG won the French league for an unprecedented eleventh time. However, there are still concerns about the Argentinean’s long-term future at the club. Messi also broke Cristiano Ronaldo’s scoring record for the top five leagues in Europe with his 496th league goal in the continent.
In the 59th minute of PSG’s match against Strasbourg, the Argentine seized on Kylian Mbappé’s expertly weighted cross and scored to give PSG a 1-0 lead. Twenty minutes later, Kevin Gameiro scored the equalizer for Strasbourg, but Paris Saint-Germain still cruised to the league championship. Messi set a new record on the same day that PSG surpassed Saint-Etienne’s total of 10 Ligue 1 championships.
The relationship between Paris Saint-Germain and Messi, who was suspended by the club earlier this month for traveling to Saudi Arabia without permission and missing a training session, is becoming more strained as a result of their most recent victory.
The World Cup champion forward later expressed regret to PSG and his team, claiming that he “sincerely thought” he had a free day. On his comeback to the field, some of his own supporters booed him. In March, a sizable portion of PSG supporters also booed him along with Neymar. Messi’s representatives denied rumors earlier this month that he had decided to sign with a club in Saudi Arabia after his contract with PSG expires on June 30.
Before the FIFA World Cup, Paris Saint-Germain was undefeated. Mbappe, Messi, and Neymar all seemed motivated by the thought of the upcoming competition in Qatar. However, they dropped six of their opening 17 league contests in 2023, lost to Bayern Munich in the round of 16 of the Champions League, and reached the same stage of the French Cup.
PSG’s holy grail is the Champions League, where the team frequently falters at crunch time, including five times in seven seasons when they exit in the round of 16. Recently, there has been a sullen atmosphere at the club, with disgruntled supporters. Since turning 31 years old, Neymar has continued to experience injury issues, and Messi was suspended for missing practice after taking an unauthorized trip to Saudi Arabia.