Lionel Messi, the captain of Paris St-Germain (PSG), has been suspended by the club for two weeks following his unauthorized trip to Saudi Arabia.
Messi had asked for permission to travel to the country for commercial work as a tourism ambassador but was denied.
PSG’s decision to suspend Messi is seen as a statement about the club’s future direction, which is focused on developing younger players, as well as an affirmation of their strict disciplinary approach.
Messi, who was also fined by the club, will not participate in any PSG training or games during his suspension.
The football star has scored 31 goals and provided 34 assists in 71 games in all competitions for PSG and helped the team win the Ligue 1 title last season. However, with his contract set to expire this summer, it appears that his time with PSG is coming to an end.
While PSG fans once eagerly welcomed Messi’s arrival, their sentiment appears to have shifted, and it is now unlikely that his contract will be renewed.
With only a few games left in the season, PSG is focused on securing another Ligue 1 title, but it is clear that their plans for the future no longer involve the football legend.