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Messi will leave Paris Saint-Germain and return to Barcelona at the end of the season, according to a journalist |  Spanish football

Messi will leave Paris Saint-Germain and return to Barcelona at the end of the season, according to a journalist | Spanish football

the rumor that Messi can return to Barcelona It quickly gained even more popularity in recent months. Argentine journalist Veronica Brunati, known for her closeness to the Messi family, confirmed Tuesday that the star will leave Paris Saint-Germain and return to the Catalan club at the end of the season.

– July 1, 2023, Lionel Messi will be a Barcelona player – wrote the journalist, without giving further information.

The possibility of Messi returning to Barcelona began to gain strength with the beginning of the 2022/23 season, as the Argentine’s contract with Paris Saint-Germain only continues until its end. Signed by the French club in 2021, he signed for two years – and could already sign a pre-link with another club from January, after the World Cup.

Messi left Barcelona due to the club’s financial problems in 2021 – Photo: Eric Alonso / Getty Images

In this way, the Catalan press began to talk about the player’s opportunity to return to the club where he spent his entire career. Among the reasons is the process of financial optimization that President Joan Laporta is trying to put into practice in Barcelona, ​​in an attempt to adjust the club’s balance sheets while strengthening the professional team – and for that, activating the financial leverage that involves part of the Blaugrana. heritage.

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Although Barcelona have been within sight of La Liga-mandated financial fair play, which begins work before each season, the club has been able to assemble a strong squad for 2022/23, counting on the arrival of names like Lewandowski and Rafinha. Thus, the dream of Messi’s return appeared again – the player had to leave the club in 2021 due to financial problems, to make room on the salary list.

Messi has always made it clear that he left Barcelona against his will at that moment. Although he had tried a year ago to activate a clause that would have allowed him to leave Barcelona, ​​he changed his mind, prompted by a change in the board of directors led by Josep Maria Bartomeu, who is indignant. The arrival of Joan Laporta, considered his ally for years, encouraged the Argentine to stay at the club, but the two parties were unable to reach a viable agreement.