As soon as Lionel Messi left the FC Barcelona compound in tears back in the summer of 2021, talks of his comeback had already spread like a wildfire as he signed his new contract as a PSG player. Barcelona’s reeling financial conditions forced the Catalans to let go their legendary player, that too for free. Lionel Messi joined PSG as a free agent after Barcelona failed to extend his stay at Camp Nou, with the new La Liga salary rules preventing his registration.
Both Messi and his boyhood, beloved club Barcelona had no chance but to part ways, as it brought an end to their 21-year association. However, the Camp Nou outfit has constantly been linked with bringing back their legend to felicitate him with the utmost dignity he deserves by helping him end his career at the club. But the World Cup winner’s fellow Argentine journalist Gaston Edul has now revealed that a reunion is not happening anytime soon.
‘Relationship’ between Lionel Messi and Joan Laporta ‘not good’ – Edul
Lionel Messi not only left Barcelona in tears, but he also left the club with a strained relationship between him and the board led by the newly elected president Joan Laporta. The two however were understood to be close aides since Laporta’s first term as the club president from 2003 to 2010, when Barca enjoyed immense success winning three Champions League titles as well as other trophies which eventually helped Messi win his first four Ballons d’Or.
But this time, its all tensed between Lionel Messi’s entourage and the Laporta board. The 35-year-old felt betrayed by Laporta and co who according to him didn’t do enough to extend his contract. There were rumours as well that some of the board members advised Laporta against extending Messi in order to help them stabilise the club’s financial condition. All this has left a bad taste in the club’s all-time topscorer, who has no intentions of returning as per Edul. The journalist revealed on TyC Sports:
“The relationship between Messi’s camp and Laporta is not good. Messi loves Barcelona, but the absolute difference is the board in the club. The relationship between the parties didn’t end in the best way.”
Edul further echoed fellow Argentine journalist Rodolfo Cingolani, who had reported:
“The information what I have is that relationship is not good and on current conditions Messi will not return to Barcelona.”
To which Edul replied:
“It’s true what you’re saying.”
By the looks of it, it seems the PSG superstar is never going back where it all started. There were more rumours flying out of Camp Nou that how Messi was ill-talked about by the same board members, as well as his former teammate Gerard Pique too calling the seven-time Ballon d’Or the ‘problem’ at the club. All this has added up to Messi reportedly making a decision against considering rejoining Barcelona, couple by his recent success at PSG.
Messi is enjoying his second season in Paris, unlike the first one which was quite underwhelming. He is back to routine business, having netted 13 goals and provided 14 assists in 21 games in all competitions so far for PSG. Moreover, the ‘La Pulga’ is evidently in the form of his life after adding the World Cup medal to his collection last month in Qatar.
As a result of his fruitful second season at the Parc des Princes, multiple reports have confirmed that Messi is has agreed a deal in principle to extend his stay at the club beyond his current deal which expires at the end of the season. While the agreement with PSG is in ‘principle’ only, it is understood that it would keep him at the Parisian club through June 2024, or at least one more season after current one.