Barcelona Won’t Stop ‘Mourning’ Exit of PSG Star, Xavi Says

Barcelona was one of the busiest clubs this summer, spending money left and right to rebuild its squad that could be one of the best in Europe. The Spanish club hoped to close the Lionel Messi chapter this summer.

Despite the new players, which include world-class striker Robert Lewandowski, Barcelona manager Xavi doesn’t believe that the Spanish club is done mourning losing the Paris Saint-Germain forward.

For Xavi, now it’s having players ready to be called upon, not attempting to replace the legacy Messi left behind when he exited the La Liga side in 2021. 

“The mourning for the best in history will never end,” Xavi told reporters (h/t AS). “Everything he gave Barça was extraordinary. Unfortunately, it’s over. Now there are others who are called to make a difference.”

Depending on how the circumstances play out in the UEFA Champions League group stage, Messi could return to the Camp Nou as a member of PSG should both teams qualify for the knockout stages. 

A Messi return to Barcelona as a visitor would be the marquee matchup many in the football world will want to see and give many shows across the world plenty to discuss should it happen.

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