Barcelona ‘plan to facilitate Lionel Messi’s return’

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Barcelona president Joan Laporta has reportedly put in place plans whether the club will welcome back Lionel Messi as a player or not.

Barcelona would have a number of plans in place to accommodate Lionel Messi return to the club as a player or non-player.

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner bid a tearful farewell to La Blaugrana in 2021 as Barca’s financial situation prevented Messi from staying at the club.

Messi had supposedly taken a 50% pay cut to boost his chances of signing a new contract at Barcelona, ​​but the Argentine has finally ended his stay in Catalonia.

The movement of the attacker towards Paris Saint Germain marked the end of a 21-year era in which Messi registered 672 goals and 303 assists in 778 games for Barcelona since joining La Masia from Newell’s Old Boys.

Messi won no less than 36 major accolades during his illustrious spell at Camp Nou, but he failed to reach the same goalscoring heights in his debut season in Ligue 1.

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Messi has registered 11 goals and 15 assists in 34 fewer appearances Mauricio Pochettino last season, and he started the 2022-23 campaign in fine form with six goals and eight assists in 11 appearances.

As Barcelona slowly ease their economic crisis, the 35-year-old has often been tipped to return to Catalonia, and his contract at PSG only runs until 2023 with the option of a further year.

According MarkBarcelona are indeed keen to find Messi and the president Joan Laporta puts plans in place to make a move achievable as a priority.

One way to ‘repair the relationship’ between club and player would be to make Messi a global ambassador for the club, as well as organizing a large-scale tribute to the South American for his achievements.

Such a move would not see Messi return to playing capacity, although the report adds that the option has not been ruled out, with xavier particularly keen to see the Argentine don the Catalan colors again.

Lionel Messi in action for PSG on July 31, 2022© Reuters

However, bringing Messi back to Camp Nou as a player would require a ‘huge’ financial commitment, but the striker still owns a home in Barcelona and has never closed the door on a return.

Moreover, if Messi were to re-sign for Barcelona as a player, he would have to take a hit on the wages he is currently pocketing in Paris, although the report claims he would be open to doing so.

Failing that, the Argentine could potentially move into a senior position as the club’s technical secretary, and Barcelona want to make sure any new position accurately reflects his achievements on the pitch for the club.

Messi now has a total of 17 goals and 23 assists in 45 appearances for PSG in all competitions, and he netted a brace in Argentina’s 3-0 friendly win over Honduras on Saturday.

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