Lionel Messi’s Father Confirms Son’s Desire to Join Barcelona Post-PSG Exit; Links to Saudi Pro League Intensify.
Lionel Messi’s Father, Jorge, Confirms Son’s Desire to Return to Barcelona. (Photo: India Today)
Lionel Messi, now a free agent following his departure from Paris Saint-Germain, is strongly rumored to be considering a move to Saudi Arabia.
The country, which is rapidly becoming a prominent force in global football, has reportedly presented enticing contract offers to attract players, surpassing what the top European leagues can match. This comes after Messi’s recent triumph in winning the FIFA World Cup with Argentina.
Lionel Messi’s father and agent, Jorge, expressed to the media that his son has a strong desire to rejoin his beloved childhood club, FC Barcelona.
Following a meeting with FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta, Jorge stated, “We are confident that Leo can return to Barcelona. Leo wants to return to Barça and I too would like him to return. We are confident that he can return.”
However, for Messi’s return to be possible, approval from LaLiga regarding the club’s financial situation is required. Barcelona, already facing financial challenges, would need to generate significant funds to facilitate the Argentine’s comeback.
Lionel Messi’s future has been the center of speculation, with reports indicating that he received a formal offer from Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal for the upcoming season.
Additionally, media sources have linked him with a return to his boyhood club, Barcelona, and there have been mentions of a possible move to Major League Soccer club Inter Miami in the United States.
In PSG’s official statement, president Nasser al-Khelaifi thanked Messi for his two seasons at the club, acknowledging his impact in winning consecutive Ligue 1 titles and inspiring younger players.
Despite Messi’s contributions, PSG was unable to advance beyond the round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League during his tenure. This season, Messi has recorded 21 goals and 20 assists across all competitions for PSG.