Lionel Messi during the UEFA Champions League match between Bayern Munich and PSG at Allianz Arena, Munich, March 2023.

Watch: Messi falls over and still somehow sets up a brilliant chance

Lionel Messi registered his 300th club assist during PSG’s 2-1 win over Brest on Saturday, but he was inches away from registering another despite falling over.

Messi was part of the PSG side looking for redemption after their Champions League exit to Bayern Munich last week, but they found Brest difficult opponents to put away.

And the 35-year-old almost managed to set up a goal despite stumbling in his attempt to connect with Fabian Ruiz’s pass.

With the crowd jeering, Messi adjusted his body while on the ground to hook the ball back towards Carlos Soler, whose shot was tipped onto the crossbar.

It’s moments like that which explain why PSG are so keen to keep Messi beyond the end of the current season.

The World Cup winner is out of contract this summer but is determined to continue in elite European football and is in talks to extend his stay in Paris for another year.

Speaking to the BBC, Guillem Balague confirmed that PSG remains Messi’s preferred club but said the Ligue 1 champions need to convince him of their ability to challenge for the Champions League.

“The agreement in principle for Messi now has to be confirmed in writing and in details – wages, length of contract. He is listening and would continue if conditions are right,” Balague said.

“As usual, I imagine there will be demands, above all one in particular – that PSG continue being a competitive team.

“Things that could affect that are if Kylian Mbappe goes, if Qatar stops being interested in the club, if financial limits force PSG to sell players or if PSG are unable to meet the financial minimum to keep Messi.”

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