Joan Laporta, the president of Barcelona, has refused to comment on reports that Lionel Messi is close to signing a free transfer with Major League Soccer (MLS) team Inter Miami.
These rumours have been circulating for some time. When the Argentine superstar’s contract with PSG expires at the end of the season, the La Liga leaders have been linked with a move to sign him.
However, it now appears unlikely that they will have an emotional homecoming. Messi is the epitome of the term “club legend” after spending most of his 21-year professional career at Barcelona, where he won every conceivable club football championship.
After playing for the squad 778 times and scoring 672 goals, he became their all-time leading scorer. In addition to that, he contributed a respectable 303 assists. In spite of this, he parted ways with the Catalan giants in 2021 under tumultuous circumstances due to the fact that they were unable to afford to provide him with a new deal.
Lionel Messi: Laporta Is Now Under Contract With PSG
Instead, he moved to Paris, where he has been extremely successful, despite the fact that he will inevitably be unable to match the heights he reached in Spain. Because his contract with PSG will not be renewed following the conclusion of the current campaign, the focus has naturally shifted to the next team for which he will compete.
There were rumours that he may return to Camp Nou, but over the weekend, sources indicated that he is likely to sign with MLS team Inter Miami. There were also rumours that he might return to Barcelona. According to reports, the club is certain that he will sign the contract after the World Cup is over.
Since then, Barcelona’s current president, Laporta, has refrained from commenting on the rumors, citing the fact that it would be impolite to do so while still under contract with PSG. Laporta is now under contract with PSG.
“He is always there in our minds and memories of Barcelona, but I won’t comment on his upcoming plans or the issue with his contract at this time,” he added. Given that Messi is contractually obligated to remain with PSG, it is important to me to show respect for both the player and the team. Messi won 7 Ballon D’Or while playing for Barcelona.
Messi Is Devoting His Full Attention to the World Cup
At the moment, Messi is devoting his full attention to the World Cup in the hopes of winning it for the first time and retiring as a winner after what is likely to be his last opportunity to compete at that level.
The Argentine national team’s campaign did not get off to the best possible start after their first match, in which they played against Saudi Arabia and lost. In spite of this, they were able to turn things around with a 2-0 victory over Mexico.
Messi was critical to the outcome of the game, as he was responsible for both the game’s first goal and the assist that Enzo Fernandez used to score the game-winning goal. To move on to the knockout stages of the competition, the only thing left for the South American team to do is win their pivotal match against Poland.
It is also likely to be sufficient to guarantee that they will finish in first place in Group C. It is currently unknown what Messi’s next steps will be in his career, but it is becoming more and more likely that those steps will not involve a return to Barcelona.