Soccer transfer rumor: Lionel Messi set to return at Barcelona after PSG’s disappointing UCL exit

Lionel Messi is considering making a sensational return to his former club FC Barcelona as he is nearing the final hours of his decorated soccer career.

The “Where Lionel Messi will be playing next season” saga has seen quite a few turns in recent times, as the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner is reaching the end of his current contract with Paris Saint-Germain. New rumors are emerging every now and then, with many clubs showing their interest in signing the 35-year-old Argentinian.

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi has had an enviable career. Throughout his professional career, he has collected a plethora of medals, trophies, and honors at the club, national, and international levels. His most recent success came with his national side, as Argentina won the 2022 World Cup. His performance in the World Cup has been instrumental in ending Argentina’s 36-year World Cup drought after the legendary Diego Maradona lifted the trophy in 1986.

Lionel Messi

Can Barcelona afford Lionel Messi right now?

If what Fabrizio Romano says is true, Lionel Messi and PSG have already verbally agreed to extend his contract. His fans, however, are not ready to write off the possibility of him joining Barcelona just yet.

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner would undoubtedly bring joy to Barcelona’s global fan base if he joined the team. Though, it’s unclear if Barcelona could afford Messi given their current financial situation. 

As if their financial woes weren’t bad enough, Barcelona may be banned from the Champions League for bribing a former vice president of Spain’s Technical Committee of Referees to fix games.

Lionel Messi, following PSG’s Champions League exit, will be looking to challenge for his fifth UCL title. This means he may be looking for other options if UEFA bans Barcelona from entering the UCL next season.

Why did Messi leave Barcelona?

Lionel Messi broke down in tears in the press conference as he announced his departure from the Catalan side. 

One of the main reasons cited for Messi’s departure was the financial troubles facing the club, which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Barcelona’s debt has soared to over 1.1 billion euros ($1.3 billion), making it difficult for the club to pay its players and maintain its facilities.

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Messi’s departure also came after a disappointing 2020-21 season for Barcelona, which finished third in the La Liga standings and was knocked out of the Champions League in the round of 16. Despite Messi’s individual brilliance, the team struggled to find consistency and failed to win any major trophies.

How likely is it for Messi to return to the Blaugrana? Don’t forget to put your thoughts down in the comments!

Tanzeem Rahman

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Tanzeem Rahman is a soccer writer and an editor at SportsZion. Tanzeem's love for the sport began by watching and admiring Cristiano Ronaldo in his early Manchester United days. Having graduated from Germany as an Electrical Engineer, Tanzeem has watched multiple high-profile games throughout Europe from the gallery. His knowledge and enthusiasm for the sport, as well as sublime english proficiency has been an asset to SportsKnot. Outside of his duty, Tanzeem is a gamer, and loves to spend time watching Anime and reading Manga.


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