Lionel Messi Spotted in Spain Leaving Dinner With Former Barcelona Teammates

Lionel Messi Spotted in Spain Leaving Dinner With Former Barcelona Teammates

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at April 25, 2023 at 12:23 PM
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  • Lionel Messi has been seen hanging out with some of his ex-Barcelona teammates in Spain
  • The Paris Saint-Germain forward has spent the last two days staying at his home in the city
  • Messi’s current contract with Paris Saint-Germain will expire in the summer after two years

Lionel Messi is already giving pointers that a move back to Barcelona could be on the cards, after the superstar was spotted in Spain hanging out with his ex-teammates.

Barcelona are itching to re-unite with the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner and are one of the favourites to sign him when his contract with Paris Saint-Germain expires in the summer.

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Barcelona wants to re-sign Lionel Messi when his current deal with PSG expires in the summer. Photo by Quality Sport Images
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According to Football Espana, Messi was seen leaving a restaurant in Spain on Monday night after having dinner with ex-Barca teammates, Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets on Monday night.

The PSG forward was mobbed by reporters and some of his many fans, who were all eager to take selfies and get the Argentine superstar's signature as he left the restaurant.

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It is the second time Messi has returned to Barcelona in two months, fuelling speculation that the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner might return to Camp Nou next season.

Defender welcomes Messi’s return

Meanwhile, Rayo Vallecano defender, Ivan Balliu has welcomed the possibility of Messi returning to Barcelona in the summer, Barca Universal reports.

Balliu, who started his football career at the Catalans' academy, said the veteran's arrival would be welcomed and would will help La Liga grow furtherbeyond its current status.

Messi has been linked with a return to Barcelona after two years away, following his move to PSG in 2021 after his heartbreaking exit from Camp Nou.

Ancelotti unbothered by Messi’s return

Elsewhere, Sports Brief reported on Carlo Ancelotti having no issues with Messi returning to Barcelona after he was asked about the Argentine's possible return to Camp Nou.

The veteran's contract with Paris Saint-Germain expires this summer and reports indicate both parties do not seem interested in renewing the deal beyond the current season.

Messi is considered a cult hero at Barcelona and the club’s fans have been highly anticipating his return to the team, where he spent 17 seasons before joining PSG in 2021.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..