26 March,2023 07:51 AM IST | Madrid | AFP
Joan Laporta and Lionel Messi
FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta on Friday opened the door for a possible return to the club for Leo Messi.
Messi is out of contract with PSG this summer. Laporta insisted that the 35-year-old (who will be 36 in June) Messi "has the doors of Barca open."
"Messi is the greatest player in history. He has been the most important player in Barca*s history, although I have to be careful in what I say, as Messi is a PSG player and I have to respect that," said the Barca president.
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Although Laporta said he needed to be "careful", that didn*t stop Laporta from adding: "Leo knows that we have him in our hearts and he is part of our club badge."
Laporta also looked back on Messi*s departure from FC Barcelona in the summer of 2021, when it was impossible to fit his new contract into a wage structure defined by spending limits imposed by La Liga, a Xinhua report said.
"The situation I found when I returned as president wasn*t good and I had to make a decision that I am not satisfied with. I have to find the way to improve the current relationship between Messi and Barca. We will see what happens, but he knows Barca*s doors are open for him," concluded Laporta," he said.
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