According to the Catalan media Sport, Xavi would have asked its president Joan Laporta to look into a possible return of Lionel Messi to Barça in the summer of 2023. The Argentinian will then be 36 years old.
“I believe, I hope and I wish that the Messi chapter at Barca is not over.” This little sentence from Barcelona president Joan Laporta, this weekend in Las Vegas on the sidelines of the friendly Clasico against Real Madrid, obviously did not go unnoticed in Spain. And this Sunday evening, Sport is already moving up a gear.
The Catalan media assures that the Blaugrana coach, Xavi, has asked Laporta to concretely study a return of the sevenfold Ballon d’Or to Camp Nou. Not this summer, of course, but for the summer of 2023, which will correspond to the end of Messi’s contract with PSG – even if Paris plans to offer him an extension.
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At the end of the next season, Lionel Messi will be 36 years old. But Xavi, according to Sport, is convinced that the Argentine can contribute to Barca’s strong comeback, both from a sporting and economic point of view, given the popularity of the Pulga, in Catalonia and far beyond.
From a symbolic point of view, a return of Messi to Barça would also close the loop, when the player left in a strange context in the summer of 2021. At the time, Messi wanted to continue the adventure at Within the Blaugrana club, Barça would also have liked to keep him, but the club’s finances did not allow it. And everyone had left with a twinge in the heart.
Before the end of this chapter, the Argentinian had played 776 games under the colors of Barça, for 670 goals.