- Speculation continues on whether Lionel Messi may join Barcelona or renew his stay with Paris Saint-Germain
- Messi exited Barcelona back in 2021 and signed for PSG on a free transfer
- The 2022 World Cup winner's current deal with the French champions ends next summer
Lionel Messi's reported fairytale return to Barcelona will not materialize after his contract with Paris Saint-Germanin expires, Argentine journalist Gaston Edu claims.
Messi, whose current deal with PSG ends next summer, is yet to extend his deal with the Parisians, fuelling reports of a possible last dance at Camp Nou.
Meanwhile, multiple reports have hinted at Messi favouring a return to his old stomping grounds ahead of a renewal with the French champions, per SB Nation.
Contradicting the rife reports, Argentine journalist Gaston Edu reckons that the current Barcelona board led by Joan Laporta will hamper Messi's return despite his unflinching love for the club.
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"The relationship between Messi’s camp and Laporta is not good. Messi loves Barcelona, but the absolute difference is the board in the club.
"The relationship between the parties didn’t end in the best way," he claimed on TyC Sports via Sportskeeda.
Is Messi coming back to Barcelona?
Messi’s former side, Barcelona, are keen to bring the world champion back to Camp Nou once his contract with PSG expires at the end of the 2022-23 season.
The 35-year-old ended his over two-decade relationship with the Catalan giants unceremoniously in 2021, seemingly devastated in his farewell press conference.
Football journalist, Veronica Brunati, predicted that the Argentinian would return to the club on July 1, 2023.
Messi slammed by ex-Barca chief
Interestingly, Lionel Messi was the subject of some unsavoury messages by a former board member of Barcelona.
The 35-year-old, who helped Argentina to win its third World Cup, is said to have been the target of shocking insults from former Barcelona board member Roman Gomez Ponti
He was labelled a 'sewer rat and hormonal [expletive]' by a former Barcelona executive, according to a sensational report emerging out of Spain.
Why is Messi stalling at PSG renewal?
Sports Brief earlier reported that World champion Lionel reportedly has no intention of renewing his expiring contract with Paris Saint Germain and wants to leave in the summer.
The 35-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the 2022/23 season, but the Parisians have the option to extend it by a further year.
With Messi enjoying a successful start to his second season in Paris, the Ligue 1 giants are reportedly working on a further contract extension.