Barcelona president Joan Laporta has hinted at a sensational return for Lionel Messi after saying his "chapter" at the La Liga giants isn't over.
Messi ended his iconic association with the Catalan outfit last summer when they could not afford to renew his contract due to their ongoing financial situation. He subsequently joined PSG in one of the most extraordinary transfer deals of all time.
But one-year on from that parting of the ways, Laporta reckons Messi could still return to the Nou Camp at some point in the future. "Messi was everything," Laporta recently told ESPN.
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"To Barca, he's been possibly its greatest player, the most efficient. To me he's only comparable to Johan Cruyff. But it had to happen one day. We had to make a decision as a consequence of what we inherited. The institution is in charge of players, coaches.
"I would hope that the Messi chapter isn't over. I think it's our responsibility to try to find a moment to fix that chapter, which is still open and hasn't closed, so it turns out like it should have, and that it has a more beautiful ending."
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Messi has 12 months remaining on his contract at PSG, with the option of an extra year if he wants it. Laporta says he did what he had to do last year, but also commented that he "owed him" after his departure.
"As president of Barca, I did what I had to do. But also as president of Barca, and on a personal level, I think I owe him," he said, adding a layer of intrigue to his interview.
It comes as reports in Spain suggest that Barcelona coach Xavi wants to re-sign Messi next summer. Sport claims that the 42-year-old boss has asked Laporta to look at bringing his old team-mate back at the end of the current campaign.
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