FC Barcelona dreams of Lionel Messi returning to Camp Nou after the 35-year-old left the Spanish club in 2021. Messi’s contract with Paris Saint-Germain expires in June and it’s uncertain what his plans are for next season.
Joan Laporta, Barcelona’s president, has one stain on his second stint leading the Catalan side, which is that Messi left under his watch. Laporta was again asked about the Argentine and whether he sees a Messi return.
“Messi is the best player in history,” Laporta said on the Youtube channel “The Business and Money Behind Sports” (h/t Marca). “He has been the most important player in the history of Barça. I have to be very careful with what I say because he is a PSG player and I have to have respect …
“The legacy that I found when I became president was not good and I had to make a decision that I am not satisfied with.”
Messi has yet to sign a contract extension with PSG, but the 2022 FIFA World Cup winner appears keen on playing in Europe. As a result, it might explain why the veteran forward has reportedly discarded the idea of playing in Saudi Arabia, so MLS side Inter Miami might be a long shot.
Former Manchester City striker Sergio Agüero believes that his former Argentina national team teammate will likely see a return to Barcelona as he recently gave his percentage of the outcome.
“My feeling is that there is a 50 percent chance that Leo Messi will return to Barça,” Agüero said. “I think Leo should retire at Barça. Barcelona is his home; he must finish his career here. Laporta must make an effort to bring Leo back.”