Lionel Messi to return Barcelona in July? Here is what Argentine media claims

The Argentine’s two-year deal at the Parc des Princes is slated to expire on June 30, 2023.

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According to Argentine media, Lionel Messi will rejoin FC Barcelona on July 1, 2023. The seven-time winner of the Ballon d’Or presently works for Paris Saint-Germain, where he emigrated on a two-year contract in the summer of 2021.

The speculation of Messi returning to the Catalans’ La Masia programme, where it all began for him as a bashful 13-year-old after leaving from hometown club Newell’s Old Boys in Rosario, has risen now that his two-year deal at the Parc des Princes is slated to expire on June 30, 2023.

As part of a coup that would allow him to hang up his boots in Europe with Blaugrana, Messi will return to his former employers of more than 20 years, according to respected Argentine journalist Veronica Brunati’s report on Tuesday afternoon.

If Brunati’s assertions are true, Messi has already made up his mind about his future, contrary to earlier predictions that he would wait to decide until after the World Cup. It was reported over the weekend by Cadena SER that PSG has a plan in place to prevent this from happening and will give Messi a two-year contract at roughly $30 million less than what he now earns per season.

It may be difficult for Barca to match that sum, and it would be intriguing to see if club president Joan Laporta deviates from an alleged club policy that states that no player should receive more than €10 million ($10 million) a year in Catalonia.