Lionel Messi can still return to FC Barcelona, according to Barca’s legend Riquelme

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Lionel Messi might return to FC Barcelona and retire there, according to former FC Barcelona player and Argentine football icon, Juan Román Riquelme.

Earlier in August, FC Barcelona fans were shocked when the club announced that they could not offer Lionel Messi a new contract due to the financial crisis at the club.

Recall that Messi’s contract with Barcelona expired on June 30, 2021. After a series of back and forth between the representatives of the 34-year-old football star and Barcelona, negotiations for a new contract collapsed.

Hence, for the first time in Lionel Messi’s football career, the Argentine football icon had to leave Barcelona for another club, Paris Saint Germain.

While Barcelona fans are still trying to get used to the reality of seeing Lionel Messi play for PSG instead of Barcelona, Juan Román Riquelme predicted that the record 6-time Ballon d’Or winner would return to Barca before he retires from the game.

The 43-year-old football legend went on to predict that Messi would win his 5th UEFA Champions League title with PSG alongside Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.

He told ESPN via Diario AS that: “I hope that Messi goes on to enjoy Paris. I don’t know if it’s strange, but we are all excited to see him enjoy with Mbappe and Neymar.

“If they don’t win the Champions League now, they won’t win it…

“I think Messi will win the Champions League with PSG and retire at Barcelona.”

Lionel Messi resumes well with Argentina but almost got injured

Lionel Messi resumes well with Argentina but almost got injured
Lionel Messi.

Lionel Messi led Argentina to play against Venezuela in a World Cup qualifier earlier today, Friday, September 3, 2021.

He was almost injured in the first half of the game when Venezuelan defender Adrián Martinez tackled Messi’s leg harshly. The tackle was so bad that the defender was shown a straight red card in the 36th minute.

Venezuelan defender Adrián Martinez tackled Messi’s leg harshly on Friday, September 3, during a World Cup qualification match between Argentina and Venezuela.

Argentina took advantage of the fact that they played with one man more than Venezuela. The game ended 3-1 in favor of Argentina, thanks to goals from Lautaro Martinez, Joaquin Correa, and Ángel Correa.

“Today we had a great first half and they were down one,” Lautaro said. “After we scored we managed to work with more gaps so we could bring the three points home.”