Lionel Messi Wants to Return to FC Barcelona, but Not as a Player

Published 11/03/2021, 12:08 AM EDT


Lionel Messi has made headlines again after he revealed that a comeback to FC Barcelona is on the cards. The Argentinian left Spain for Paris Saint Germain as a free agent after Barcelona couldn’t afford to keep him on their books according to La Liga regulations.

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However, in an interview with Sport, Messi bared it all and revealed how he wants to return to the club where he spent most of his professional career, until recently. “I want to return as sporting director. I always said that I would love to help the club and be useful,” he said.

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In addition, he also talked about the love that he had for the Spanish club and wants to help them return to their winning days.

I would love to be a sporting director at some point. I don’t know if it will be Barcelona or not, or if it will be something else. If there’s the chance, I would like to go back. It’s the club I love and I would love them to keep doing well, growing and becoming the best in the world,” the maestro said.

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However, FC Barcelona is currently struggling, and the team hasn’t seemed to recover from Messi’s departure. It was alleged that Messi was asked if he was willing to play for free at FC Barcelona, but the forward revealed that no one asked him to do so.

Soccer Football – Ligue 1 – Paris St Germain v Olympique Lyonnais – Parc des Princes, Paris, France – September 19, 2021 Paris St Germain’s Lionel Messi REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Laporta had previously said that he thought Messi would offer to play for the club for free, but that didn’t sit right with the Argentinian. Messi also revealed that he hasn’t spoken with Laporta ever since those comments.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a soccer author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for soccer to enhance his journalism. He lists charismatic names like Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford as his favorite players, but he is a great admirer of Karim Benzema too.

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