When is Lionel Messi next match? PSG, Argentina schedule for upcoming games in 2023


At long last, Lionel Messi is a World Cup champion.

The man considered by many to be the greatest player of all time now looks to refocus his efforts on bringing PSG their first Champions League title, returning to the French club with renewed vigor.

Now that the World Cup break is over, PSG are hoping to push forward towards a Ligue 1 title and European glory. Messi figures to be a key part of that push, as he teams up with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe to see the French giants reach new heights.

The 35-year-old was given a hero’s welcome as he returned to PSG’s training base on January 4 following celebrations in his homeland.

The Sporting News brings you a full overview of Messi’s European exploits to come over the remainder of the 2022/23 campaign, as well as his future with the Argentina national team now that he’s brought the nation a third World Cup title.

MORE: Lionel Messi scores against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Riyadh All-Stars XI

When is next PSG match?

Lionel Messi’s club Paris Saint-Germain returned to Ligue 1 play on December 28, a week after the World Cup final, at home to Strasbourg. Messi was not involved in that game, but he posted a picture on Instagram to show he was watching the action on TV.

They had a quick turnaround for their next match, with a New Year’s Day game on the road against second-place Lens where they were stunned 3-1. Christophe Galtier confirmed beforehand that Messi would not be involved, nor did he feature for PSG’s Coupe de France game at Chateauroux on January 6.

Messi’s first game back came on January 11 against Angers where he scored in the 2-0 win.

PSG fixtures, matches

Date Competition Match
Mon, Jan 23 French Cup @ Pays de Cassel
Sun, Jan. 29 Ligue 1 vs. Reims
Wed, Feb 1 Ligue 1 @ Montpellier

When will Lionel Messi play next?

Messi played every single one of the 690 minutes for Argentina at the FIFA World Cup and was afforded something of a break before returning to the field with PSG. Having gone deep into the tournament, playing in the final alongside his club teammate Mbappe, Messi was likely in need of some rest to keep his body from breaking down.

Messi is now 35 years old, and while he has enjoyed a mostly clean bill of health on the whole of his career, PSG may wish to be cautious with him knowing his availability will be critical to any deep Champions League push.

PSG did not have Messi for that defeat to second-place Lens on New Years Day, with Neymar also missing the game due to suspension. 

Messi made his return for the win over Angers and then featured in the 1-0 defeat to Rennes. Having scored against the Riyadh All-Stars XI in an exhibition match featuring Cristiano Ronaldo on January 19, his next match comes against Pays de Cassel in the French Cup on January 23.

How to watch Ligue 1 and Lionel Messi’s PSG matches

  • In the UK: Subscribers can watch Ligue 1 through BT Sports, either via TV channels, online or through the BT Sports app.
  • In the USA: beIN Sports and beIN Sports Espanol have exclusive rights to Ligue 1. Matches are streamable on BeIN Sports Connect. It is also available via FuboTV, which offers a free trial to new users.
  • In Canada: beIN Sports has exclusive rights to Ligue 1, and it’s streamable on BeIN Sports Connect. It is also available via FuboTV, which offers a free trial to new users.
  • In Australia: Viewers can watch via beIN Sports or stream matches through Kayo Sports.

When is next Argentina match?

Argentina has not released a 2023 match schedule as of now.

There was speculation that Lionel Messi would retire after winning the 2022 FIFA World Cup, but for now, Messi says he will continue to play for his country.

“I’m not retiring from the national team,” Messi said after the final. “I want to continue playing as a champion.”

Yet that retirement could come soon, as Messi confirmed that 2022 would be his final World Cup, and Argentina would need to craft a path forward without him in time to be prepared for 2026.

“It’s my last World Cup,” Messi said after the semifinal win over Croatia. “It is impressive to end up playing a final. There’s a long way to go for the next one, there are many years and surely because of age I won’t get to it.”

Lionel Messi stats 2022/23

After a difficult first season at PSG, Lionel Messi is having a revival for both club and country.

“The Flea” has won the World Cup with Argentina, and is also have a stellar season with PSG in Ligue 1 and Champions League action.

Statistics below updated as of January 19:

Lionel Messi stats for PSG

Competition Games Goals Assists Mins
Ligue 1 15 8 10 1,312
UEFA Champions League 5 4 4 435
Coupe de France โ€” โ€” โ€” โ€”
Trophee des Champions 1 1 0 90
TOTALS 21 13 14 1,837

Lionel Messi stats for Argentina

Competition Games Goals Assists Mins
FIFA World Cup 7 7 3 690
Finalissima 1 0 2 90
International Friendlies 2 3 1 124
TOTALS 10 10 6 904

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