Lionel Messi news: Carles Puyol has said that the Argentine will always be welcomed back at Barcelona.
Messi left Barcelona in the summer of 2021 after the expiry of his contract with the Catalan outfit. Messi wanted to renew his contract with Barcelona and stay at the club but the La Liga side could not offer him a new deal.
The 35-year-old joined Paris Saint-Germain in that summer. His current contract with French side expires in 2023. But PSG have the option to extend it by another 12 months.
Puyol has now said it is not too late for Messi to make a return to Barcelona, the club that he had spent the entirety of his career at until his departure in 2021.
Lionel Messi news: It is not too late for a return: Puyol
Puyol also noted that Messi has just one year left on his contract with PSG and that a move depends on the Argentine and Barcelona manager Xavi.
“It’s not too late for a Leo Messi return,” Puyol said. He added: “He has one year left in his contract and many things can happen in that time. It depends on Xavi and Leo, but he will always be welcomed at Barca.”
Meanwhile, Messi had an underwhelming first season at PSG. Messi only scored 11 goals for PSG in the 21/22 season – no mean feat but underwhelming by the Argentine’s standards. Six of those goals came in the Ligue 1, while he scored the rest in the Champions League.
Messi, who featured in 34 games for PSG last season, also amassed an impressive 15 assists.
Meanwhile, Messi and PSG have had a stellar start to the 22/23 season. PSG began their season with a 4-0 win over Nantes in the Trophée des Champions final. Messi scored PSG’s opener in that game.
PSG have played six games in Ligue 1 22/23 season so far and have collected 16 points. They have won five games while sharing points in the other. The game they dropped points came against AS Monaco, who held them to a 1-1 draw.
Meanwhile, Messi has so far scored three goals for PSG in the league this season. He has also provided six assists from six matches.
PSG faces Juventus in a Champions League group stage match next. The game kicks off at 12:30 am Indian Standard Time, on September 7th.