[인터풋볼] Reporter Kim Dae-sik = Lionel Messi only wants Barcelona.
It was on the 5th (hereafter Korean time) that the news regarding Messi’s future destination changed dramatically. On the 5th, journalist Tony Juanmarti, who hails from ‘Sport’ in Spain and runs the Barcelona podcast ‘Siempre Pogitivo’, uploaded a video of Messi’s agent and father, Jorge Messi, and Barcelona president Juan Laporta on his media social shared through it
It is known that Jorge Messi and President Laporta met personally and talked about Messi’s return. Regarding this, ‘Hihantes FC’, which is run by Gerard Romero, who is familiar with Barcelona-related news, has also released a video interviewing Jorge Messi on the 5th, saying, “Messi wants to go back to Barcelona, and I want him to come back. We want Messi to go to Barcelona. “I believe he can come,” he said.
As a result, Messi’s return to Barcelona is becoming more and more a reality. Messi will become a free agent at the end of this season. Already on the 4th, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) officially announced Messi’s resignation. Messi also had a farewell match during PSG’s final match of the 2022-23 season.
Messi also said goodbye to the club’s officials and supporters, saying, “I was very happy to represent PSG. It was very fun to play with good players in this team. I am grateful to the club for giving me a great experience for me.”
After the official announcement of the break with PSG, the world’s attention focused on Messi’s future destination. It was expected that Barcelona’s plan to bring Messi back would not go smoothly, and he would decide to go to Saudi Arabia, but the situation changed quickly.
The financial plan presented by Barcelona to the Spanish La Liga secretariat was passed. In response, Mateo Moreto, a reporter for Spain’s Lelebo, said on the 5th: “Messi’s return is financially feasible. This is good news for Barcelona. They have passed an action plan (regarding Messi’s return) in La Liga with’ r all necessary “With the departures of Antoine Griezmann, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets, the savings so far are very high.”
“Messi needs to be ready to wait. There is definitely something. His registration is impossible at the moment, but it is much closer than a few months ago,” said Moreto.
In addition to this, news emerged that Messi has decided to end negotiations with Al-Hilal. Global media ‘Goal.com’ reported, “Messi tried to adjust the details of the contract with Al-Hilal, but decided to stop everything.”
The media mentioned that Messi’s trip to Saudi Arabia is very close. “Messi’s side intended to hold a scheduled meeting with the Saudis to confirm the details of the only concrete offer that Messi has received. The Saudi side also wanted the talks to end within this week. However, Messi has asked to suspend talks with Al-Hilal and delay negotiations for a year.
Al-Hilal are said to have been confused by the sudden change in Messi’s attitude. In response, Al-Hilal informed Messi that an offer of this level could not be accepted in 2024. Messi’s contract prepared by Al-Hilal is known to be the best in football history. ‘Goal.com’ estimated Messi’s annual salary offered by Al-Hilal to be at least 400 million euros (about 559.1 billion won) and up to 600 million euros (about 839.8 billion won).
The reason why Messi refused the astronomical sum is because his return to Barcelona is becoming a reality little by little. That is why Messi is serious about returning to Barcelona.
Romero said on the morning of the 6th, “According to Jorge Messi, Messi’s decision will be known this Tuesday or Wednesday. At the moment, Messi is having mental problems. Messi still doesn’t know his future. If Messi had his say, he would try to play for Barcelona for free.