Barcelona legend Lionel Messi is back in the headlines, but this time it’s not for another Ballon d’Or victory or a stunning goal. Instead, it’s over a reported meeting with Barcelona president Joan Laporta to discuss a tribute match at Camp Nou.
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Messi recently won his eighth Ballon d’Or, solidifying his status as one of the greatest footballers in history. During the post-award press conference, the Argentine star expressed his desire to have a proper farewell at Barcelona. He left the club in 2021 due to financial constraints. Since then, fans have been hoping for a return that would allow Messi to say a proper goodbye.
The rumour of a Camp Nou tribute match first emerged after Gerard Romero, a well-known Spanish sports journalist, claimed that Messi and Laporta had met to discuss this event. Messi’s initial response to the report was sharp: “You lie once again.”
Lionel Messi sends Strong Denial
This swift denial sent shockwaves through the football community. Messi’s words drew a clear line between fact and fiction, and it was a reminder that even in the age of rapid information sharing, it’s essential to verify the authenticity of news.
Romero, who had previously been corrected by Messi for spreading misinformation, quickly apologized for the error. He admitted his mistake and pledged to be more careful with the news he shares.
MIL DISCUPAS a todos, y MIL MÁS.— Gerard Romero (@gerardromero) October 31, 2023
Me han vuelto a engañar con algo relacionado con LEO. No aprendo. Lo siento. MUY jodido.
Asumo todo los que hoy me digáis y prometo que trabajaremos para que no vuelva a ocurrir.
The notion of a tribute match at Camp Nou to honour Messi has been on the table for some time. Barca president has publicly expressed his desire to pay tribute to Lionel Messi. As soon as the Camp Nou reopens for the 2024/25 season. The idea of a tribute game has also been discussed with Lionel Messi’s family.
While Messi’s denial of a recent meeting is clear, it doesn’t rule out the possibility of a future tribute match or event. FC Barcelona remains committed to celebrating one of the greatest players ever to grace the football pitch, and Messi’s wish for a proper farewell might eventually come true.
The saga underscores the power of social media and the importance of responsible journalism in the world of football. As fans continue to speculate about Messi’s future, one thing remains certain: his legacy at Barcelona will always be etched in the hearts of the supporters. It matters not if there is or isn’t an official tribute match.
For now, Messi’s focus remains on the pitch with his new team. New league