The future of Lionel Messi remains a mystery, as contradicting reports surfaced on Monday. First, information from Spain revealed that the 35-year-old wasn’t planning to extend his contract with Paris Saint-Germain.
However, that reporting was debunked by various other journalists. The initial information, nonetheless, opened the door for FC Barcelona fans to have hope that a reunion with Messi is possible.
But, MARCA’s Marc Vila reported that for now, it’s “impossible” to see Messi returning to the Camp Nou despite the Argentine possibly being a free agent in June if he doesn’t extend his contract.
“We would all love to see one last of Leo Messi at Fútbol Club Barcelona, but the reality, and despite the fact that his renewal with PSG may still not be very clear, is that seeing Messi at Fútbol Club Barcelona today is practically impossible,” Vila said Tuesday. “Neither his relations with the Board of Directors nor the economic situation of the club invites this possible return.
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“And yes, we would all love it. We go crazy just imagining it. We want to idolize again, but the reality is very different. There is neither money nor a good relationship. And for the moment, no one from Barca has taken that first step to bring positions closer again. So despite the fact that dreams are dreams today, it is more feasible to see Leo Messi playing in the King’s League again than in Fútbol Club Barcelona.”
The decision for Messi will likely come down to Inter Miami, where he will begin his post-European football career, or remaining at PSG, allowing him to play at the highest level heading into the 2024 Copa America.
It will be interesting to see which route Messi takes in his football career, but if the reporting is accurate, then he should remain in the French capital.