FC Barcelona believes Lionel Messi will return after reports of his departure from PSG.
FC Barcelona is now confident in their financial ability to bring ‘Lionel Messi‘ back to the Camp Nou. The Argentine’s contract will expire in June of next year. Messi’s two-year contract, signed when he first arrived in 2021, included an option for a third season, which the club’s higher-ups have now agreed not to activate.
The winner of the 2022 World Cup is in the eye of the storm at PSG. On Monday, the Argentine traveled to Saudi Arabia while his PSG teammates were training at the Camp des Loges, the league leaders’ training facility. Manager Christophe Galtier and Sporting Advisor Lus Campos did not give their consent for the trip, which was a requirement of Messi’s contract as a Saudi ambassador.
On Tuesday evening, the Parisians made the shocking decision to suspend Messi for two weeks, effective immediately. He is barred from using the club’s training facilities and will be paid less during that time.
As a result, the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner will miss two games due to suspension. It is unclear whether Messi played his final game for Les Parisiens last Sunday against Lorient. Messi was openly criticized by PSG’s star players on Monday morning at Camp des Loges. This happened for the first time since the start of the season. They reportedly bemoaned the unauthorised trip, which came the day after a humiliating 3-1 home defeat to Les Merlus.
FC Barcelona is confident that Lionel Messi will return.
According to RMC Sport, Messi wants to leave PSG as well, and his entourage has been “quietly” in talks with Barcelona for several weeks. Even bringing back their all-time leading scorer to Camp Nou seems to excite the Blaugrana.
According to reports this week from the BBC and others, Messi’s return to Barcelona is unlikely due to financial issues, and with the World Cup winner wanting to stay in Europe, could another club make a move for the PSG star?
The only realistic option for the 35-year-old would be a move to the Premier League, with Man City the most likely destination. However, Barcelona is the Cinderella story, and many will be hoping that the Catalan club can pull off the move.