Still marked by the conditions of the departure of Lionel Messi, the president of FC Barcelona Joan Laporta hopes to recover the Argentinian. But the task promises to be difficult for the Catalan club, faced with financial and sporting problems for the Paris Saint-Germain striker.
Everyone knows Joan Laporta’s position on the subject. The president of FC Barcelona, who had pushed Lionel Messi towards the exit in the summer of 2021, bitterly regrets the conditions of this departure. At the time, the leader had reached an agreement with the Argentinian for an extension, before announcing to him at the last moment that he had to leave for financial reasons. This is why Joan Laporta evokes a ” moral debt towards the Paris Saint-Germain playmaker whom he hopes to recover before the end of his career.
‼🐐🔙 El Barça studies how to recover Messi
— Mundo Deportivo (@mundodeportivo) September 24, 2022
However, there is no contact according to Lionel Messi’s entourage. But the daily Mundo Deportivo confirms Barça’s intentions. The Catalan club are currently studying the return of the legend through several scenarios. The Blaugrana, for example, are considering a big tribute to the Camp Nou as well as a club ambassador status for Lionel Messi. Or a simple return to the workforce knowing that his contract expires next June. It would still be necessary to convince the Pulga, which Barça would feel attracted to a return, especially under the orders of Xavi.
Barça and Messi reconcile on the back of PSG
There is also a financial problem, with the need for Lionel Messi to accept a significantly reduced salary, but also sporting given that the Spanish coach should find him a place in the eleven, or make him accept a substitute status. For the moment, the Parisian, also requested for an extension, would only be focused on his season and on the World Cup with the Albiceleste. But according to MD’s sources, relations between Barca and the Lionel Messi clan are no longer so tense. And the return of the sevenfold Ballon d’Or, although complicated, is not a hypothesis to be excluded, which PSG must watch out of the corner of their eye.
Because for the past few months, we have known that the champions of France are very seriously considering keeping Lionel Messi for one more season, a clause having been provided for in this direction when he signed in 2021 without the precise details being known. A priori, it is the sevenfold Ballon d’Or and he alone who can activate this clause, which was also the case for Neymar who last June unilaterally extended a season with Paris Saint-Germain without Nasser Al -Khelaifi cannot oppose it. Leo Messi has all the cards in his hands, and only he knows what will happen in 2023 in Paris, Barcelona…or elsewhere.