Lionel Messi is known to wear the Paris Saint-Germain jersey. But many in the Barca environment still dream of a return – boss Laporta is now fuelling the rumours.

Is Lionel Messi returning home to FC Barcelona?

At any rate, this topic is the subject of heated discussion on social media. Barca president Joan Laporta himself has fueled this rumour with his latest statements.

In an interview with ESPN on the sidelines of the test match Clásico against Real Madrid in Las Vegas, he made people sit up and take notice: “I believe, hope and wish that Messi’s chapter at Barcelona is not yet closed. It is our job to do everything we can to ensure that this chapter continues to be open and that it gets a more magnificent ending than the current one,” Laporta said.

Messi had left the Catalans in tears last year after 21 years. Due to financial difficulties, which were even more threatening then than in the current situation, Barcelona were unable to keep their club legend.

That is why the Argentine international did not receive a new contract offer and moved on to Paris Saint-Germain free of charge. To the great annoyance of the proud Barca fans.

Will Messi return home to FC Barcelona?

But after Laporta’s latest statements, Catalan supporters are once again hoping for a spectacular return of their prodigal son.

No wonder, since Messi became one of the world’s best footballers of his generation in Barcelona. For the Blaugrana, the 35-year-old was involved in a staggering 972 goals in 776 competitive games and won numerous titles.

Messi won the Spanish championship ten times, the Copa del Rey seven times, the Cup of Henkel four times and a few more titles with the club of his heart. In addition, he was awarded the Ballon d’Or seven times as a Barca star.

The decision to let crowd favourite and club legend Messi go was not an easy one for Laporta because of his immeasurable merits.

“Morally, as president of Barcelona, I think I did what I had to do. But also as president of Barcelona and on a personal level, I am in his debt,” Laporta said almost ruefully.

Barca’s shopping spree has no end

Whether a return of the PSG star to Catalonia is within the realm of possibility, however, remains to be seen. Barca’s financial misery is far from over.

Nevertheless, Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern), Raphinha (Leeds United), Franck Kessié (AC Milan) and Andreas Christensen (FC Chelsea) have already moved to the great FC Barcelona this summer – Messi would be the crowning glory.