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Lionel Messi wants to return to Barcelona, confirms his father; fans await homecoming after PSG exit

Two days after Lionel Messi played his last game for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), the Argentine's father on Monday confirmed that the legendary forward wants to return to Barcelona.

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First Published Jun 5, 2023, 5:35 PM IST

In what has sparked massive excitement among Barcelona fans, legendary forward Lionel Messi's father on Monday confirmed that the 36-year-old icon wants to return to the Catalan club this summer. Jorge Messi, the Argentine's father and agent, told journalist Toni Juanmartí that the seven-time Ballon d'Or is keen to return to Camp Nou, two days after he played his last game for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) after a two-year stint at Parc des Princes.

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“Leo wants to return to Barça and I would love for him to come back. It is an option,” Messi's father told journalist Toni Juanmartí on Monday. The quote emerged after the same journalist shared a video of Messi senior arriving for talks with Barcelona president Joan Laporta.

Although Messi's departure from Paris Saint-Germain has already been announced, his next destination has not yet been selected. The Argentine has been linked with both a return to Barcelona and move to Saudi Arabian giants Al-Hilal and MLS side Inter Miami.

According to earlier reports on Monday, LaLiga had finally approved Barcelona's "feasibility plan" for the summer, a strategy for safeguarding and planning the club's financial future, giving the club the go-ahead to sign new contracts.

With that, Messi's return is now actually feasible.

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Meanwhile, Messi and Barcelona fans took to Twitter to express their joy over the news of the Argentine's wish to return to his former club. Here's a look at some of the reactions on Twitter:

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