The rumors over Lionel Messi possibly returning to FC Barcelona continue to get louder. Still, the Argentine’s camp remains silent on a reunion as the 35-year-old’s contract with PSG expires in June.
So while many Barcelona supporters might be optimistic that the 2022 FIFA World Cup could play again at Camp Nou, La Liga president Javier Tebas isn’t betting on it happening.
Tebas noted that he sees a complicated road for Messi returning to the Spanish club. If the veteran forward wants to earn similar wages to what he’s receiving now, don’t expect the La Liga chief to flex any rules to accommodate a return.
“Messi will not be able to be at both Barcelona and PSG at the same time,” Tebas said (h/t Foot Mercato). “Moreover, PSG has less income than Barcelona. The only one who can bring Messi back is Barcelona.
“But we are not going to change the rules to bring Messi back. Being at the end of his career and with a considerable reduction in his salary, it could be possible that he is a Barcelona player. But the club should let players go; they should do several things.”
The PSG star is reportedly in contract extension talks with PSG, but no agreement has been reached between the two parties. Furthermore, supporters would like to see him exit to use his wages to help build depth on the squad.
Messi is also linked to MLS side Inter Miami, but that option might be out the window if he wants to remain in Europe. Nonetheless, the football world will be on pins and needles, waiting to see what Messi decides.