Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) forward Lionel Messi is on the verge of making a crucial decision about his future as his contract with PSG is set to expire next month. Speculation has been rife about a potential reunion with Barcelona, and the desire to see Messi back at Camp Nou has been openly expressed by various figures, including Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez.
Recently Xavi left no doubt about his wish for Messi to return to the Catalan club. “I told the president that Messi’s return makes sense. No doubts at all, he is perfect for our system and idea. I’ve the tactical plan in mind with Leo,” Xavi stated. The coach emphasized that the decision ultimately rests with Messi himself. “It’s up to Leo. I think he has to decide, it’s up to him… I’m speaking with Leo, yes,” Xavi added.
Renowned sports journalist and insider Fabrizio Romano also weighed in, suggesting that Messi is likely to make a decision about his future in the coming days, with a move to Barcelona remaining a strong possibility. Xavi had previously expressed his desire to have the doors always open for Messi’s return to Barcelona, considering it his home.
However, a potential return to Barcelona depends on the club’s precarious financial situation, which has not significantly improved since Messi’s shocking departure. The departure of Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets this season has created some financial space, but La Liga’s strict regulations could pose a challenge for the 35-year-old legend. Other leagues, such as the Premier League, Saudi League, or Major League Soccer (MLS), could become viable options if Messi cannot make a return to Barcelona.
While no official bid from Barcelona has been released due to UEFA Financial Fair Play Regulations, a reported bid of €500 million per year from Al Hilal has remained unchanged since April. Messi’s final game of the season with PSG will be against Clermont Foot 63 on June 3, adding more anticipation to the decision that awaits the footballing superstar. Fans around the world eagerly await Messi’s next move, which will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the football landscape.
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