Lionel Messi’s unexpected departure from FC Barcelona left the fans stunned. But recent reports suggest a potential return for the Argentine maestro next season. According to AS, Leo Messi could reclaim the captain’s armband at Barcelona if he makes his way back to the club. The idea has received no objections within the dressing room, and the former skipper could resume his leadership role.
Leo Messi “THE BARCA CAPTAIN”
Barcelona currently faces a unique situation with several captaincy vacancies. Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, and Jordi Alba have all announced their departures. Leaving Sergi Roberto as the sole remaining captain from last season. As it stands, the La Masia graduate is set to take up the role of the first captain for the upcoming 2023-24 campaign. Meanwhile, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who assumed the captaincy after Pique’s retirement, would become the second captain.
The third and fourth captain positions are yet to be filled, and recent reports have indicated that Ronald Araujo and Robert Lewandowski are strong contenders for these roles. However, if Lionel Messi returns it’s likely that Ronald Araujo would willingly relinquish his position to accommodate the Argentine superstar as a captain. In such a scenario, the other captains would naturally move down the hierarchy by one rung.
While optimism surrounds the potential comeback of the World Cup winner, Barcelona’s ability to secure La Liga’s approval for their economic viability plan will be crucial. The club is eagerly awaiting the league’s green light, which is expected to come in the following week.
The prospect of Messi donning the captain’s armband once again at Barcelona adds further intrigue to his potential return. Fans eagerly await the league’s decision, hoping to witness the iconic number 10 leading the team onto the pitch once more. Barcelona’s history could take another dramatic turn, bringing back their beloved captain to the place he truly belongs.