“I think we can make it happen” – Barcelona president, Laporta speaks on Messi’s return

Lionel Messi could make a sensation return to Spain in the future as Barcelona president, Joan Laporta has retirerated his desire to bring him back to Camp Nou, Newspremises understands.

Messi left Barca as a free agent last summer to sign for Paris Saint-Germain. The Argentine spend almost two decades with the Spanish giants.

Why has Lionel Messi left Barcelona?

Barcelona explained that “financial and structural obstacles” are the reason why they could not close a new contract with Lionel Messi, thus paving the way for his departure.

The “obstacles” referenced by the Catalan club are La Liga’s Financial Fair Play regulations and in particular the competition’s salary cap rules.

Barca’s financial situation, which sees the club with debts over €1 billion, is a major contributing factor in the scenario. Losses of nearly €600 million mean that Barcelona must vastly reduce their wage bill in order to comply with La Liga’s Fair Play restrictions.

However, they have not been able to do that while facilitating a deal for Messi and president Laporta indicated that the long-term sustainability of Barcelona is “above everything else – even the best player in the world.”

Joan Laporta wants Messi to end his career at Camp Nou

However, Laporta has now revealed he would love Messi to end his career at the Camp Nou with a standing ovation.

“I feel indebted to Leo Messi. I’d love the end of his career to be at Barcelona with a standing ovation in every stadium. I think we can make it happen.

“That’s our aspiration, my intention with Leo is clear,” Laporta said.

The 35-year-old struggled in Ligue 1 during his debut campaign, scoring only six goals in the French top flight.

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