After securing the Spanish title last Sunday, Barcelona’s president, Joan Laporta, discussed the potential return of Messi to the club. In an interview with “TV3,” he revealed that he has been in direct contact with the Argentine superstar, who is currently under contract with PSG until the end of the current season and will soon become a free agent.
Laporta is considered close to Messi and his family, as he was the president of Barcelona when the player made his way from the youth academy to the first team. However, Laporta is also remembered as the president who oversaw Messi’s departure from the club almost two years ago.
At that time, he indicated that the club couldn’t afford to keep the player without jeopardizing the budget for the rest of the squad. Messi then left Barcelona to join PSG, wearing a different professional jersey for the first time in his career.
Messi holds affection for Barcelona
Despite reuniting with his friend Neymar and winning the French title in his debut season, Messi didn’t establish the same connection with the French club. His relationship with the fans began to deteriorate after the team’s second elimination in the Champions League knockout stage, leading to significant friction in recent months.
Among the possibilities for his next destination is a potential move to Saudi Arabia, where Al Hilal is reportedly willing to offer a historic agreement with a salary that would make him the highest-paid athlete in the world. Joan Laporta, however, seems unfazed by this competition and emphasized that he doesn’t intend to make a significant financial investment to bring Messi back to Barcelona.
Despite the challenges, Laporta’s optimism about Messi’s potential return stems from their personal connection and the history they share at the club. Laporta understands the sentimental value associated with Messi’s return and the potential positive impact it could have on the team and the fans.
As negotiations and speculations continue, fans eagerly await the final decision regarding Messi’s future. Whether he returns to Barcelona or embarks on a new chapter in his career, the football world will undoubtedly be captivated by this high-stakes transfer saga. Only time will tell where Messi’s extraordinary talents will be showcased next, but the possibility of his return to Barcelona has reignited hope and excitement among the club’s supporters.