The future of Lionel Messi at Paris Saint-Germain is all but sealed for some, as many would like the 35-year-old to exit when his contract expires in June.
After the capital club crashed out in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 following their elimination at the hands of Bayern Munich, as a result, rumors over Messi’s future are surfacing and the latest is over a possible return to FC Barcelona.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta confirmed on Tuesday a meeting with the Argentine’s father, Jorge Messi.
“We saw each other,” Laporta told reporters (h/t RMC Sport). “I congratulated him for Argentina. We talked about the tribute to Leo, who has an extraordinary affection for Barca. I don’t want to not speak out of respect for the player who plays at PSG. Leo, it’s not about the money. We’re talking about a tribute.”
Messi didn’t play a major role in the 180 minutes against Bayern Munich as the French giants were held scoreless over the two legs. Additionally, sporting advisor Luis Campos could use Messi’s salary to bolster other parts of the squad.
If the 2022 FIFA World Cup winner wants to remain in Europe, perhaps a return to Barcelona might be an option if he slashes his salary. Nonetheless, MLS side Inter Miami will be in the mix and possibly an offer from a Saudi Arabian club.