Barcelona President Joan Laporta Vows to do all in his Power to sign Lionel Messi in 2023.

Barcelona President Joan Laporta Vows to do all in his Power to sign Lionel Messi in 2023.

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30 Jul 2022
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Barcelona president Joan Laporta has vowed to do everything possible to re-sign Lionel Messi when his contract with PSG expires next summer.

Messi, 35, left the Nou Camp on a free transfer to join the French giants in 2021, bringing an emotional end to his 21-year Barcelona career.

Laporta, who acknowledged he is ‘indebted’ to the Argentine superstar, is determined to entice him back to the Catalan club next year.

‘I owe a lot to Leo Messi,’ he remarked.

‘I want him to finish his career wearing a Barcelona shirt and being celebrated in every stadium.’

‘I feel partially responsible for how things ended, and I believe that this is only a temporary setback and that we will make this dream a reality.’ At least, that’s the hope.’

Messi’s time at the Nou Camp ended bitterly, as he lodged a transfer request via burofax after Barcelona was thrashed 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League in 2020.

He chased a move away all summer and had difficult meetings with the club’s hierarchy, insisting that his contract allowed him to leave on a free transfer – yet after a court struggle, Barcelona compelled him to stay for another season, with the player alleging the club had broken promises to him.

Messi appeared to be ready for a stunning U-turn the following summer after deciding to extend his stay with his beloved Barcelona.

However, Barcelona’s continuous financial problems, exacerbated by the Covid-19 outbreak, precluded the club from offering Messi anything near to his £500,000-a-week contract in 2021, prompting the forward to seek greener pastures in France.

Messi sobbed at his farewell interview, but if Laporta can pull off a deal, he may make an equally tearful comeback in 2023.

During his two-decade stint with the LaLiga giants, he scored 670 goals and had 302 assists in 776 appearances.

Barcelona appear to have turned their financial problems around this summer, spending over £140 million for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, Leeds winger Raphinha, and Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski.

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