REVEALED: Joan Laporta made a promise to Lionel Messi during farewell ceremony last year.
Lionel Messi and a possible summer return to Barcelona have been the subject of considerable rumor over the past few days.
According to journalist Veronica Brunati, who is close to the 35-year-old great and his team, he will return to Barça in the summer of 2023.
Following the publication of those accusations, other writers and publications—among them Fabrizio Romano—reported that Messi had not made any decisions about where he will play football in the upcoming season and that there had been no significant developments in his future.
In the midst of the back and forth, Joan Fontes has offered a thorough analysis of the current situation involving Barcelona, Messi, and club president Joan Laporta.
At the moment of the Argentina captain’s goodbye last year, Laporta reportedly made an emotional vow to Messi that he would re-sign him at Barcelona once his contract at PSG would expire.
According to rumors, Messi and his team blamed the Barcelona board for how his departure in 2021 was handled since they were hurt and disillusioned.
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The former club captain was completely committed to staying at Spotify Camp Nou, but it was not to be. He is still owed a large sum in deferred salary. He and his family have made a good adjustment to Paris, but they still regard Barcelona as their home.
Laporta does not want to be known by supporters as the president who permitted Messi to leave Barcelona, however. The president now wants to do everything possible to re-sign the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner after blaming his departure on the club’s financial position and Ferran Reverter’s influence.
Any choice regarding his future, however, might be influenced by a number of other considerations, such as Luis Suarez’s anticipated move to MLS club LA Galaxy, Gerard Pique’s potential exit from Barça, and Sergio Busquets’ future.
As things stand, Messi cannot be officially negotiated with by Barcelona because he is still under contract with PSG, who are prepared to make him another lucrative offer to keep him at Parc des Princes.
Laporta, however, is adamant about wanting Messi back at Barcelona and will stop at nothing to make it happen.