Since his move to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona in August, the 34-year-old has been staying with his family at the Royal Monceau, a five-star hotel in the heart of the city.
However, he and his family are keen to locate a permanent home, and his wife Antonella has been on the search for the ideal property.
Furthermore, she has specific requirements that must be followed, making the search more challenging.
In addition to an indoor pool, a gym, multiple children’s rooms, a secure parking lot, a private home theater, air conditioning, and a garden, the property must also have an outdoor pool.
The couple’s mansion in Barcelona included all of these qualities, as well as spectacular vistas and a little football field for entertaining guests.
Tonella believed she had discovered the perfect spot for her – a mansion in Neuilly-sur-Seine on the suburbs of Paris – but when the owner learned that Messi was interested, he reportedly boosted his monthly asking price by £8,500 per month.
The family’s interest in the property was snuffed out, and Antonella’s attention is now focused on a castle on the market for £41million on Sotheby’s.
The massive 2000 square metre home, which was completed in 1899, has 30 rooms and checks off a slew of requirements.
In addition to a luxurious indoor swimming pool, a home theater, and a fitness center, Messi will also have access to his own personal squash court.
Additional facilities on the premises include garages and employee quarters (as well as a restaurant).
While serving as President of France during World War II, former President Charles De Gaulle resided in the castle for three days in 1940.
Antonella is claimed to have had a tour of the property, but she plans to return with Messi to go at it again before making a choice.
It is possible, though, that the Argentine will be convinced by the fact that it is only 15 minutes away from PSG’s training field.