Lionel Messi will play for Barcelona again before he retires permanently, as Inter Miami owner, Jorge Mas has confirmed the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner will return to Camp Nou.
The 36-year-old superstar won numerous trophies, including four UEFA Champions League titles, during his 17-year stay at the Catalan club, but left without saying a proper goodbye to the club fans in 2021.
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Lionel Messi has scored three goals in two matches for Inter Miami since joining the MLS club.
According to SB Media, Mas has now revealed that Messi will return to Barcelona but only to feature in a farewell game to be organised sometime in the future.
“I don’t know if it’s some type of friendly or farewell game. They have this Gamper Trophy they play for in the summer. But there will be something where, hopefully, when the new Camp Nou is open, because their stadium there they will not be playing in for the next year and a half, hopefully, Lionel Messi can say his proper goodbye.”
Messi still remains Barcelona’s all-time top goalscorer, with a total of 672 goals, but turned down the opportunity to return to the Catalan club this summer to sign for Inter Miami.
Meanwhile, former Arsenal forward, Carlos Vela has tasked Lionel Messi with putting more effort on the pitch following his switch to the MLS with Inter Miami, Goal reports.
Vela also told Messi to enjoy his game and modify his performance on the pitch, as the MLS requires more work from players than elite European leagues, where service for attackers is exceptional.
Messi made the big switch from European football, penning a three-year deal with Inter Miami after turning down mega bids from Al-Hilal and Barcelona.