sport news Lionel Messi: Was this the moment his head was turned after being pictured with ...

sport news Lionel Messi: Was this the moment his head was turned after being pictured with ...
sport news Lionel Messi: Was this the moment his head was turned after being pictured with ...

With Lionel Messi's Barcelona future now in tatters - an ominous picture of the Argentine star dining with PSG stars could provide the turning point of his dramatic contract saga after reportedly making a U-turn on renewing his deal.

The Catalan outfit have been working on a deal to re-sign their club legend all summer long after his contract expired, but the cash-strapped side have been struggling to find the wage budget to accommodate him. 

All signs had pointed towards Messi pledging his future as he embarked on talks with president Joan Laporta, but now the club have confirmed he will not continue with them next season after the superstar reportedly changed his mind having become 'unhappy' with his pay-cut, and also the quality of the current squad. 

Lionel Messi has dramatically U-turned on his decision to renew his contract with Barcelona

Lionel Messi has dramatically U-turned on his decision to renew his contract with Barcelona 

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The Argentine was pictured with four PSG stars just 24 hours before the huge bombshell

The Argentine was pictured with four PSG stars just 24 hours before the huge bombshell 

And a picture that emerged of him enjoying a meal out with PSG players may point to his sudden change of heart, as he was pictured with former Barca team-mate Neymar, Argentina team-mates Angel Di Maria, Leandro Paredes and Italian star Marco Verratti.

Neymar - who has led calls for Messi to join him in Paris in the past - uploaded the photo of the five out in Ibiza, captioned 'Amigos', with nearly six million likes.

With Messi beaming alongside the PSG stars, it will only ramp up speculation that the Parc de Princes could be his next destination after confirmation arrived that he will officially be leaving the Nou Camp after just over 20 years. 

Messi came close to departing the club last summer after informing Barca by burofax that he wanted an exit, although reluctantly agreed to stay after former president Josep Bartomeu insisted any club would have to pay his 700m euro release clause.  

At that point, Neymar stoked the flames by admitting he was desperate to play alongside Messi once again after they linked up so well together at Barca.

'What I want most of all is to play with Messi again, to be able

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