Lionel Messi’s brother has stated that his brother will not return to the Nou Camp unless club president Joan Laporta is fired..
Messi spent over two decades at the Nou Camp, beginning in the youth, before financial turmoil forced him to leave as a free agent in the summer of 2021.
Following Messi’s departure, Barcelona, which has been plagued by financial insecurity, had just recently elected Laporta to his second term as president.
Laporta had vowed that he would be able to persuade Messi to stay, but was unable to overcome the financial concerns that would prevent him from remaining at the Nou Camp, forcing the Argentine to leave the club regretfully in an emotional press conference..
The attacker, who recently helped Argentina win the World Cup, eventually joined French heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain during the summer and is currently settling in after an unsatisfactory first season.
Messi has been linked with a return to Nou Camp since his contract expired, but his brother Matias says there is no prospect of that happening unless Laporta is removed from his position.
“I have a SPORT clipping that says “Messi should return to Barcelona” and I’ve placed underneath it “Hahaha,” Matias stated on his son’s Twitch channel. We are not returning to Barcelona, and if we do, we will have a good clearout, including kicking out, among others, Joan Laporta, who is ungrateful..
People in Barcelona did not back him up. People should have gone on a march or something, allowing Laporta to depart and Messi to stay. Catalans are betrayed.’
Messi’s brother then made the astounding claim that Barcelona only became a worldwide recognized team as a result of the 35-year-contributions old’s at the club, where he won 10 LaLiga crowns and four Champions League trophies, among other achievements..
‘Because of Messi, Barcelona started to become globally famous; before that, people only knew Madrid,’ he remarked.
Messi was linked with numerous elite teams in Europe after leaving Barcelona, notably Manchester City, but he reportedly held talks with Inter Milan..
Inter veteran Javier Zanetti spoke with his former international teammate, with the vice-president of the Nerazzurri alleging that a contract could not be reached because the Nerazzurri lacked the financial resources to compete with their competitors.
‘When he [Messi] left Barcelona, I was startled,’ Zanetti told DAZN, as published by Calciomercato.com.
‘Realistically, we cannot compete with PSG or Premier League clubs,’ he continued, ‘but due to our rapport, we spoke when there was a possibility.’
It comes after PSG sporting director Luis Campos stated the club is in contract negotiations with Messi.
Messi is scheduled to become a free agent at the conclusion of the season and has recently been linked with a move away from the French club..
According to reports, he is poised to join Inter Miami in America, but former club Barcelona has long expressed interest in bringing him back to Spain.
He has not expressed a clear desire to quit PSG, and it appears that he will extend his contract in Paris..
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