The possibility of Leo Messi returning to Barcelona has been a hot topic among football fans around the world. With his contract at Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) expiring at the end of the season, many believe that Lionel Messi’s return to his boyhood club is on the cards.
Ronald Koeman on Leo Messi return
It looks like someone has other views on the topics. Ronald Koeman who was in charge of FC Barcelona when Leo Messi left, has expressed his doubts about the Argentine’s return. Speaking to ESPN (via MD), Koeman said, “I do not think Messi will return to Barcelona. Busquets will leave, Jordi Alba will not stay either and these three are good friends. I wouldn’t be surprised if they went to Miami or Saudi Arabia together.”
Koeman’s comments may come as a surprise to some. Especially Barcelona fans who have been hoping for Messi’s return. But the Dutch coach’s doubts may be well-founded. There are several factors that could prevent Messi from returning to the Camp Nou.
For one, Messi’s departure from Barcelona in 2021 was a bitter one, and it is unclear whether the wounds have fully healed. Additionally, the club’s financial situation may make it difficult for them to afford Messi’s wages, which were a major factor in his departure last year.
Barcelona’s Plan for Messi
Despite these challenges, there appears to be increasing confidence among Barcelona supporters that Messi will return. Joan Laporta, the club’s president, has made no secret of his desire to bring the Argentine back to the Camp Nou. Sources have told 90min that the club is “hugely confident” that they will be able to announce Messi’s return soon.
One piece of the puzzle was recently put into place when veteran midfielder Sergio Busquets confirmed that he will leave the club at the end of the season. Busquets was one of Barcelona’s highest earners, and his departure will free up some much-needed funds on the wage bill.
In addition, Barcelona may look to sell some of their high-earning players. Such as Ansu Fati, Ousmane Dembele, Raphinha, and Ferran Torres, in order to make room for Messi on the wage bill.
While there are still many hurdles to overcome, Messi’s return to Barcelona would undoubtedly be a major coup for the club. Not only would it give them THE GOAT back in their ranks. But it would also serve as a symbol of the club’s resilience and ability to bounce back from difficult times. Only time will tell whether Messi will return to the Camp Nou. But one thing is certain: his name will continue to be on the lips of Barcelona supporters for Generations to come.