Barcelona boss Xavi has made no secret of his desire to bring Lionel Messi, the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner back to Camp Nou. Xavi feels that Messi’s time at the club is not over. The Catalan club’s president, Joan Laporta, also spoke about his dream of re-signing Messi from Paris-Saint Germain in the summer, despite the club’s ongoing financial troubles.
The Argentine captain, Messi arguably one of the greatest football players of all time has scored 672 goals in 778 games for Barcelona but ended his 21-year association with the La Liga giants when he opted to move to Paris Saint-Germain in France last year. During his time with Barcelona, Messi won the Spanish top-flight title ten times, the Copa del Rey seven times, and the Champions League four times.
Xavi said that he would like to think that Messi’s time at his favorite club is not over, let alone the way it happened. He further added that Messi deserves a second chance, or another chance, to show that he can leave the club well and that he has been the best player in history. Xavi concluded that from next year they will talk about it. But the question is whether he would like it, and the answer is yes.
Barcelona president Laporta expressed that he feels indebted to Messi. He would like the Argentine hero to end his career in a Barca shirt, and be applauded at all the stadiums. Laporta feels partially responsible for how things ended, and he believes that this is a temporary end. The Club will make this dream a reality.
Messi’s current deal is due to expire in 2023, but the French giants PSG have recently indicated a desire to extend it for at least a year until 2024. Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano provided an update on the 35-year-old’s contract situation on Tuesday.
Romano said that Messi will not make any decision on his future in the next weeks or months. Messi is focused on Paris Saint-Germain and then the FIFA World Cup, nothing will be decided or planned before the World Cup.
Despite Barca’s interest and PSG’s new deal plans, Leo Messi will not proceed before 2023. Messi struggled in his first season but is flourishing this season. He finished the 2021-22 Ligue 1 campaign with just six goals and 14 assists in 26 games. This season, he already has three goals and seven assists in seven games.