Lionel Messi’s father, Jorge Messi, has revealed that his son is eager to rejoin FC Barcelona for the upcoming season. During a visit to Barcelona to meet with club president Joan Laporta regarding Lionel’s potential return to the team he departed two years ago for Paris Saint-Germain, Jorge Messi shared a brief statement with the press.
He affirmed, “(Lionel) Messi wants to return to Barca, and I would be thrilled if he came back,” further stating, “It is an option. Am I confident he can return? Yes.”
These remarks echo the sentiments expressed by Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez, who expressed his delight at the prospect of welcoming the 35-year-old back to the club.
However, FC Barcelona faces a significant challenge in fitting Messi into the constrained wage structure mandated by the Spanish Football League (La Liga).
Although Barca will have more flexibility with the departures of seasoned players Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba at the end of this season, it is likely that they will need to offload additional players to facilitate any further signings.
Barcelona has submitted a viability plan to La Liga, which is expected to be approved soon. Nonetheless, there remain uncertainties as to whether they can financially afford Messi’s return or if the recent statements are merely a strategic move to deflect blame if the FIFA World Cup winner ultimately decides against rejoining the club.