Lionel Messi has reportedly ignored phone calls from Barcelona President Joan Laporta as Catalans pushes for his return to Camp Nou.
Lionel Messi brutally snubbed Joan Laporta, who is keen on having their legendary and iconic playmaker back.
Laporta has been trying to reach out to the Argentine, but it appears the Argentine is not keen on returning back to his former club.
The 35-year-old has reportedly been ignoring phone calls from the Barcelona president and has continued to avoid any contact with his former club.
Messi signed a two-year contract with PSG after joining the club in 2021 as a free agent.
After 19 years with the Catalan club, Lionel Messi exited the Camp Nou in a sensational move.
Barcelona could not register the Argentine superstar with a new contract due to strict Financial Fair Play compliance laws by La Liga.
Meanwhile, his two-year contract with the Parisians will expire at the end of the summer.
Messi has admitted to being happy at Paris after struggling with the club last season, managing only 11 goals throughout the season.
He has picked up to his form and is gradually adapting to life at the French Ligue 1. He has reached his last season’s tally already after just 12 matches to the season.
Lionel Messi believes that he was misled by Laporta and Barca’s board throughout the summer with scars of the soiled relationship never healing between the parties since.
The return of Lionel Messi to Camp Nou is a top priority for the Catalans, but it has been revealed that Messi has refused to speak to his former club regarding that possibility.
As outlined by Sport, Messi has been refusing to answer phone calls made on behalf of a negotiator close to Laporta.
Also, Joan Laporta reportedly planned to meet with the Argentine during his visit to the Ballon d’Or awards in Paris earlier this month, but the attempts was largely unsuccessful.
Meanwhile, another report from Sports stated that Messi is currently focusing on his strong run of form at PSG and the 2022 World Cup.
PSG has a contract renewal offer for him, and he is not contemplating leaving the French Ligue 1 giants soon.
Lionel Messi’s Camp Nou exit followed a trophy blackout for the La Liga giants, who were on a trophyless campaign.
They crashed out of the Champions League in the group stages, and were bundled out of the Copa del Rey at the quarter-final.
They also lost the La Liga title to Real Madrid, finishing as a distant second on the table.
This season saw expectations at the club once again go up several levels due to a series of high-profile signings.
Robert Lewandowski, Jules Kounde, Raphinha, Marcos Alonso, Franck Kessie, and Andreas Christensen were among a glut of arrivals, building on a busy January, with Ferran Torres added to the squad.
However, Barca have not been without troubles this season with the recent Champions League exit compounding their woes.
The fans were heard chanting the name of Lionel Messi as the team crashed out of the Champions League.
Barcelona’s wish to land Lionel Messi may be more of a wishful thinking until the player makes a definite statement on his PSG future.