What Messi Said to Lewandowski at Laureus Awards Amid Barcelona Return Rumours

What Messi Said to Lewandowski at Laureus Awards Amid Barcelona Return Rumours

Chukwu Ikechukwu
May 9, 2023 at 9:06 AM
  • Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski were spotted chatting at the Laureus World Sports Awards
  • Messi is expected to link up with Lewandowski next season if he decides on a return to Barcelona
  • The Catalans have shown serious interest in re-signing Messi when his current PSG deal expires

Lionel Messi took time off from scooping important awards at the Laureus World Sports Awards ceremony to have a chat with prolific Barcelona forward, Robert Lewandowski.

The 35-year-old forward bagged the Sportsman of the Year award and also received the Team of the Year award after inspiring Argentina to glory at the 2022 World Cup.

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Lionel Messi was voted as the Sportsman of the Year at the 2023 Laureus World Sports Awards. Photo by Antoine Flament
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However, Barcelona fans were more thrilled when a video popped up online showing the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner engaged in a lengthy conversation with the Polish star.

Messi has been heavily linked with a return to Camp Nou this summer when his Paris Saint-Germain contract ends and being pictured with Lewa has further fuelled the rumours.

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Lewandowski, who is Barcelona’s top scorer this season with 29 goals in all competitions, had earlier revealed he would love to play alongside Messi at Camp Nou.

Verratti keen to join Messi

Meanwhile, PSG midfielder, Marco Verratti is keen to join Messi at Barcelona next summer if the Argentine decides to leave the Ligue 1 giants, Sportskeeda reports.

The Italian midfielder is believed to be ready to leave the Parisians after 11 years in France and is keen to play alongside the Argentine veteran in Spain.

Verratti joined PSG in 2012 and has since made 412 appearances for the Parisians, scoring 11 goals and providing 61 assists during his time in the capital.

Barcelona's Messi plan approved

Earlier, Sports Brief reported on Barcelona’s wish to have Messi return to Camp Nou next season receiving a massive boost after La Liga approved the club’s viability plan.

The Argentine's possible return to the Catalan giants faced a serious threat due to financial struggles, which forced them to draft a viability plan on how to curb their problems.

Barcelona had previously submitted their economic viability plan to La Liga at the end of last month and had been waiting for approval so they could continue pursuing Messi.

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