Barcelona are already exploring ways to reunite their icon Lionel Messi at Camp Nou next year after he moved to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2021.
Messi joined PSG as a free agent when his contract with Barca expired and the two sides agreed to extend it, although the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner asked to leave in the summer of 2020, but the club’s dire financial problems proved to be a serious obstacle to register him in La Liga.
Speaking in the summer, the president of the “Catalans” – Joan Laporta, was adamant that “Messi’s story in Barcelona is not over”.
“I think it’s our responsibility to try to … find a moment to fix this chapter that’s still open and not closed so that it has a nicer ending. As president of Barca, I did what I had to do (p.s. – let Messi go financially). But both as president of Barça and on a personal level, I think I owe him.”
Just days later, Laporta stated:
“We will make this aspiration a reality,” were his words regarding the possibility of taking Messi back to Camp Nou.
Now, Mundo Deportivo reports that Barca are already exploring ways to reunite with Messi, and it doesn’t have to be as an active player. The ideal would be for the Argentine to return on a free transfer in 2023, although his contract with PSG includes an option for a further 12 months.
🐐🤔 The position of Messi before the interest of Barça
🏆🔜 The Argentine crack is centered on PSG and will not decide its future until after the World Cuphttps://t.co/dDULqeJeOP
— Mundo Deportivo (@mundodeportivo) September 24, 2022
However, for him to return as a player, Barcelona will need to be able to pay him his wages, which was clearly the main problem in 2021. Messi may even have to accept a lower salary and, as he turns 36 next summer, a severely reduced role on the pitch as well.
The alternative, should he decide to hang up his boots, is to rejoin Barca as an ambassador and represent the club off the pitch around the world. But that would be only a secondary plan.
Mundo Deportivo also reveal that claims of a recent phone call between Messi and Laporta, claimed by a club source, have been denied by the PSG striker’s camp.