Lionel Messi will determine his future after the 2022 World Cup, journalist Ben Jacobs says. Messi departed Barca as La Liga rules barred him from signing a new contract, and PSG signed him for free.
The Ligue 1 winners may extend the Argentine’s contract by a year next summer. Both parties will examine the situation after Messi returns from the World Cup in Qatar. Barcelona wants him back, says president Joan Laporta “I owe our finest player moral duty. We’ll try to keep Messi at Barcelona.”
Xavi has said Barca’s “doors are always open” for his former teammate.
Catalan giants are in financial difficulty, so a return won’t be simple. Jacobs said re-signing Messi would involve a 40% wage cut for Barcelona. After a flurry of summer signings, the Catalan club is already cutting wages to register new players.
Messi’s willingness to return to Barcelona remains unclear. The little Argentine scored 672 goals and dished out 303 assists in 778 games. He won 10 La Liga titles and 4 Champions Leagues with Barcelona.