Barcelona president Joan Laporta has sought to fan the embers of Lionel Messi’s prospective comeback.
Messi departed Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain last summer when the club was unable to extend his contract, but the Blaugrana made no secret of their desire to bring him back, and speculation has increased in recent weeks as a result of Laporta’s new round of hype.
I did what had to be done, put the club above the best player in history. I’ve known Messi since he was a child. I love Leo. Barça loves Leo. If you ask me, how do I feel? I think we owe it to Messi (to bring him back).
I will do everything in my power to ensure Messi has the best end to his career, in a Barcelona shirt. With the applause of the crowdLaporta to CBS Sports Golazo
Manager Xavi attempted to calm things down by declaring Messi’s comeback “impossible,” while other sources have stated Laporta has been talking about bringing Messi back as a coach once he retires, but the president has gone into overdrive yet again.
This is just an idea that we have at the moment, and I will do everything in my power to make it happen. This is what I can say now.
It will not be easy, but I believe it is possible with the right plan and strategy.Laporta added
Despite Laporta’s optimism, there remain a lot of big hurdles to overcome before Messi’s comeback becomes a reality.
First and foremost, the Argentine is still under contract with PSG until 2023, with a 12-month extension provision.
According to sources, Messi is not on the greatest of terms with those in power at Camp Nou, with Barcelona officials believed to be trying feverishly to restore their relationship with the club star.
Once again, it is a wish that we have, and we want to make it come true through a specific plan. We want him back to wear the Barcelona shirt because the club loves Leo, and the fans love Leo. I love him, too, and will try my best.Joan Laporta