Barcelona President Hopes Messi Finishes Career At Camp Nou

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Barcelona president Joan Laporta has said that he hopes Argentine International and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) star Lionel Messi, will end his career “in a Barca shirt.”

Messi left the Camp Nou for PSG last summer, after 17 years in the Barcelona first team, as the Catalan giants struggled with financial problems.

But Laporta is hopeful that the 35-year-old will be able to return to Barcelona before he retires from the game of football.

Lionel Messi (L) with Barcelona president Joan Laporta (R)

“Messi’s time at Barca didn’t end as we all would’ve liked,” Laporta told Spanish press during the club’s pre-season tour of the United States.

“I believe that Barca has a moral debt towards Leo Messi. We would like the end of his career to come in a Barca shirt, being applauded at all the grounds, wherever he goes.”

Messi scored 11 goals in all competitions in his debut season for PSG campaign. It was the first time Messi had scored fewer than 30 goals in a season since 2007-08 season.

Laporta clarified that “nothing has been discussed” with Messi, who has one season left on his PSG contract with an option for an extra year.

“It was a temporary end (to his Barca career) because I believe that we will make this wish a reality,” Laporta concluded.


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