The Spanish Club Aims to Honour Lionel Messi on its 125th Anniversary with a Special Farewell Event
Barcelona has swiftly addressed speculations surrounding the potential return of football legend Lionel Messi, proposing a unique one-match deal that could see the Argentine icon back in the iconic Blaugrana colors. Messi, who bid farewell to Barcelona in 2021 after an illustrious 21-year stint, left due to contractual complexities with La Liga, subsequently joining PSG and later making a move to Inter Miami.
The latest reports suggest that Barcelona is contemplating an exhibition match, set to take place on November 29, 2024, coinciding with the club’s 125th-anniversary celebration. The match aims to serve as a heartfelt farewell to Messi, acknowledging his immense contributions during his tenure with the Spanish giants. Notable football figures such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Ronaldinho are rumored to participate in this commemorative event.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta responded to these reports, expressing the club’s openness to the idea of bringing Messi back for the special occasion. Laporta emphasized Messi’s status as the “best player in history” and conveyed the club’s deep respect and admiration for the Argentine star. While the president did not confirm the specific date for Messi’s potential return, he hinted at possibilities ranging from the end of 2024 to the completion of the fully renovated Spotify Camp Nou by June 2026.
Addressing additional rumors of a short-term loan bid for Messi during the MLS season break, Laporta dismissed the speculation, stating, “I believe that this is not even allowed by FIFA.” As the football world eagerly awaits further developments, Barcelona remains committed to celebrating Messi’s legacy in a manner befitting his unparalleled contributions to the club’s history.
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