The Argentine’s interview with La Sexta this past week has reopened a can of worms that, in truth, were never closed, with his ambivalence about his long-term future clear to see.
His short-term future, at least, looks secure. Messi is committed to Barcelona for the rest of the season and appears intent on winning whatever he can with the Blaugrana. Then, come season’s end, he’ll evaluate his position and decide what to do.
Neymar’s recent comments, about wanting to play with the Argentine again, poured fuel on the fire of talk of Messi joining the Brazilian at Paris Saint-Germain, but another option exists.
Given Neymar’s contract with PSG is set to expire in 2022, it’s not unthinkable that the forward could return to Catalonia without the club, in a perilous financial situation, splurging on a transfer fee.