Barcelona defender Dani Alves has told former teammate and Paris Saint-Germain superstar Lionel Messi to return to Camp Nou.
Speaking in an interview with SPORT (h/t Goal), Dani Alves has called on Paris Saint-Germain superstar Lionel Messi to return to Barcelona for a ‘last dance’ with him.
Messi caused shockwaves in the footballing world last summer when he left Barcelona on a free transfer after the club could not renew his contract. The 34-year-old signed for PSG, penning a two-year deal with an option for a third.
Things have not gone all too well for the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner in Paris. He has not been performing at his usual level, even though there have been some stunning displays here and there, like the one this past weekend against Clermont Foot, when he managed to finish with a hat-trick of assists.
The lowest point of Messi’s PSG career so far came when Real Madrid eliminated the French heavyweights in the Round of 16 of the Champions League, even though the Parisians had won the first leg. Following that, the Argentina captain was jeered by the supporters, which led to speculations over his future.
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A return to Barcelona has always been mooted, and now Dani Alves has urged Messi to consider coming back to Camp Nou, stating that there is no place better than the Catalan club.
“I don’t know what he thinks or wants to do. He could come back for a little year with me for a ‘last dance’. Why not? There’s nowhere better than here. We cannot be better off than at Barça. He left and tried the experience. It’s time to return home if he wants,” he said.
Alves, who himself returned to Barcelona last year after leaving the club on a free transfer in 2016, has previously spoken about Messi’s predicament at PSG, insisting that he did not think the Argentine was happy at Paris Saint-Germain and wanted him to return to Camp Nou.
However, as things stand, a return to Barcelona is not feasible for Messi, with club president Joan Laporta confirming as much in a recent interview.