Lionel Messi has opened up on the possibility of returning to Barcelona one day, iterating that he would like to be their sporting director at some point.
In an interview with Spanish publication SPORT, Lionel Messi has spoken about his desire to return to Barcelona in future. The former Barcelona captain has iterated that he would like to make his way back to Camp Nou one day in the form of the Catalan club’s sporting director.
Lionel Messi is the greatest player to have ever played for Barcelona, racking up an unparalleled record for the Blaugrana while winning innumerable matches on his own. The 34-year-old spent over two decades at the Catalan club, 16 of those being a pivotal member of the first-team setup.
Messi garnered a stunning tally of 672 goals and 301 assists in 778 appearances through his storied Barcelona career. In addition, he was the catalyst in the 35 trophies that Barcelona won while he was at the club, making him one of the most successful players in the history of the game.
However, the summer transfer window brought about a shocking end to his stint with Barcelona, who could not tie Messi down to a new contract. With an all-time great a free agent, several clubs clamoured to secure his services before Paris Saint-Germain prevailed in his pursuit.
The entire saga came as a shock to many, including Messi himself, although the Argentine wizard insisted that he had no other choice but to leave the club. Now, Messi has spoken about possibly returning to Barcelona one day.
Speaking in an interview with SPORT, Messi said, “Yes. I always said that I would love to help the club and be useful. I would love to be a sporting director at some point. I don’t know if it will be in Barcelona or not.”
“Or if it will be something else. If there’s the chance, I would like to go back and contribute what I can because it’s the club I love and I would love them to keep doing well, growing and being one of the best in the world.”
For now, Barcelona are in Messi’s past, and he will be eager to excel in his stint with PSG. So far, the 34-year-old has not been in full flow at the Ligue 1 club, managing just three goals in eight outings. However, it remains to be seen if he seals a return to Barcelona in the capacity of a sporting director one day.