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Barcelona Are Dreaming Of Re-Signing This Superstar: Should Xavi Bring Him Back?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent segment on Youtube, renowned journalist Fabrizio Romano stated that Barcelona are dreaming of re-signing Lionel Messi next summer if he decides to leave Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer. It has been mentioned that the Catalan giants are eager to bring him back to the Nou Camp when his contract with PSG runs out at the end of this campaign.

Messi’s Incredible Form For PSG And Argentina This Season

Messi is having an outstanding season for both his club and country as he has been responsible for putting in plenty of productive displays for them of late. He recently fulfilled his childhood dreams by lifting the 2022 FIFA World Cup with Argentina in Qatar.

The Argentine legend has been remarkably consistent in both club and international football during this campaign after scoring 19 goals and grabbing 19 assists in 27 matches across all competitions.

Messi deserves a lot of credit for averaging 4.3 shots, 2.6 key passes and 3.6 dribbles per 90 minutes in Ligue 1. He has even been accurate when distributing the ball in the opponent’s half, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 83.4% in the top tier of French football (stats via whoscored).

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi

Should Barcelona Head Coach Xavi Bring Messi Back To The Nou Camp Next Summer?

Messi remains an excellent dribbler with the ball and can still create a few moments of magic to make a difference for his team in the final third. He has got the vision to orchestrate some meaningful openings for his teammates deep inside the opponent’s half.

Messi is primarily a right-sided winger but can also operate as a centre-forward if his manager asks him to do so. The South American sensation has been remarkably productive with his offensive contributions for PSG and Argentina this season. However, father time is slowly catching up with the 35-year-old’s game.

Still, there is no denying that Messi has what it takes to perform at a high level. Hence, it is a no-brainer for Barcelona to consider bringing him back on a free transfer if he is available next summer.

We can expect Messi to add plenty of goals and creativity to Xavi‘s frontline. Plus, the Argentine skipper knows the Catalan club well and won’t take any time adjusting to life in Spanish football.

Messi will undeniably help the Catalan club challenge for some major trophies if Xavi can devise a way to sign him at the end of this season.

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