Lionel Messi has reportedly made a verbal pact with PSG to extend his contract with the team.
The 35-year-old forward, who has won the Ballon d’Or seven times, helped Argentina lift the World Cup trophy by beating France on penalties in the final on Sunday. It was Messi’s first World Cup win and the third in Argentina’s history.
The news was revealed by Fabrizio Romano, who added that the terms of the new contract have not been discussed.
Messi’s contract with PSG runs until June 2023, but Le Parisien reported Wednesday that the two sides reached an agreement during the World Cup to trigger a one-year extension on his deal to keep him in Paris until 2024.
The 35-year-old has also earned six European Golden Shoe awards and won the Champions League four times with Barcelona.
PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi also said on Dec. 8 he was confident the Argentina captain would stay with the Ligue 1 champions.
“He’s very happy; you can see that with the national team,” Al-Khelaifi said in an interview with Sky Sports. “So what we agreed together — that after the World Cup, sit down together. But both sides — our side of the club and him — are very happy, so we will talk after the World Cup.”
Messi was reportedly close to signing with MLS club Inter Miami, which is owned by former great David Beckham.