Will Lionel Messi return to Catalonia before hanging up his boots? The question is legitimate, in addition to the determination shown by Joan Laporta, president of FC Barcelona. With the ultimate dream of repatriating the 35-year-old Argentine, the Blaugrana manager is thinking of the best strategy to bring the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner back to the Camp Nou lair. According to the latest information from Sports worldA plan is even being studied to convince the Albiceleste international striker (162 caps, 86 goals) to (re)pack his bags in Barcelona.
With a contract with the French capital club until June 2023, El Pulga is, in fact, still on all the minds of the Catalan board. If there were no meeting on the agenda and that the player’s entourage categorically refused to respond to the requests of the Barcelona president, the Spanish media points out, however, that Joan Laporta considers, today, the return of Lionel Messi to Barça as a “personal challenge”. Frustrated and feeling indebted after Rosario’s sudden departure in 2021, the Culers coach was unable to keep his promise to renew Messi. The fault lies with a critical economic situation and insufficient salary space.
An emotional plan and a moral debt!
Whatever. FC Barcelona has every intention of returning Leo Messi to a central place in Catalonia. Thus, according to the Catalan newspaper, Barça would like to make Messi the club’s world ambassador, although he has other projects, specifically that of occupying the position of technical secretary. A plan based on the emotional that, however, does not hide the financial difficulties of such ambition. Therefore, if the Barcelona club wants, one day, to see the Argentine again, Barça would have to convince Messi to lower his salary but also to get rid of several directors (Piqué, Jordi Alba or even Frenkie De Jong) to lower the dough salary.
So a complicated operation. In addition to the economic plan, the sporty aspect also seems to represent a brake. Indeed, with the latest arrivals at Barça and specifically that of Robert Lewandowski, Xavi’s group, second in the league, radiates. How then to integrate the Flea? Difficult to imagine the Argentine star on one side, as he did when his physique was at its peak. Even more complicated to consider the bench for the new Polish signing… And to top off Barcelona’s dream, Messi, feels (finally) well in Paris.
“I feel good, I had a bad time before where I never managed to find myself. This year is different, I arrived calmer at the club, in the locker room and at the game, I feel very good and I still enjoyed it., said the Parisian striker in particular after Argentina’s victory in a friendly against Honduras (3-0), this Friday night. Author of a brace, including a superb lob, Messi confirms his excellent start to the season (6 goals and 8 assists in all club competitions). On the Barcelona side, however, the dream does not stop growing and regardless of the limitations, the Barcelona management, confident, intends to take advantage of the weight of history to achieve its goals.