Coach Galtier called on supporters to give the Argentine forward a warm send-off, recognizing Messi as the "best player in the history of football."
Messi, who joined PSG in 2021 after an illustrious career at Barcelona, has had a remarkable stint with the French giants. In the current season, he has contributed 21 goals and 20 assists across all competitions. The 35-year-old football legend played a crucial role in helping PSG secure the Ligue 1 titles for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons, as well as the French Super Cup in July 2022.
By Messi's standard, it was a drop in his goals and assists return compared to his days at Barca but given his age, vision and ability to still play at the top level -- it is by far an excellent statistic for the little magician.
Speaking to reporters ahead of the match, coach Galtier expressed his gratitude for having the privilege to coach Messi. "This will be his last match at the Parc des Princes, and I hope that he will receive the warmest of welcomes," Galtier said, acknowledging the immense impact Messi has had on the team.
Despite recent controversies, including a suspension for an unauthorized trip to Saudi Arabia, Galtier defended Messi and highlighted his commitment to the team throughout the season. "He's always been there for the team. It's been a great privilege to accompany him throughout the season," the coach said, dispelling any doubts about the player's dedication.
Amidst speculations about his future, it was reported that Messi received a formal offer from Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal for the upcoming season. Other rumours suggested a potential return to Barcelona, his boyhood club, or a move to Major League Soccer club Inter Miami in the United States.
However, as he bid farewell to PSG, Messi's next destination remains uncertain.