Another iconic Argentine playmaker believes a famous compatriot can retreat down the stairs to Camp Nou before hanging up his boots
Lionel Messi is backed up to ‘win the Champions League with PSG and retire at Barcelona’, with Juan Roman Riquelme suggesting that a fellow Argentine may not have ended his love affair with La Liga giants.
A six-time Ballon d’Or winner broke off his career ties with Barca this summer When he sees financial problems at Camp Nou, it makes it impossible for him to be linked to a new contract.
A supreme player is now starting anew in France, as part of another team full of stars, and Riquelme can see how a famous compatriot demands more silverware at Parc des Princes before returning his step to Catalunya.
What was said?
Former Barcelona star Riquelme has said ESPN of a mercury talent he once played with Argentina: ‘I hope Messi will enjoy Paris.
‘I do not know if it’s weird, but we’re all excited to see him play nice [Kylian] Mbappe and Neymar.
“If they do not win the Champions League now, they will not win it.”
Riquelme added: “I think Messi will win PSG with PSG and retire at Barcelona.”
Can Messi return to Barcelona?
Messi did agree with Barca before going through the exits at Camp Nou an emotional farewell bid for the club that made him a superstar as soon as it became clear that no paperwork could be signed.
PSG quickly opened its doors to the most popular free agents entered into a two-year agreement.
Messi will only be 36 when the deal comes to an end – the same eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo is now.
A Portuguese icon made a homecoming himself this summer when he rejoined Manchester United, and it could be that Messi is treading a similar path.
There was enough speculation about a game in MLS or a return to Argentina before hanging up his boots, but Barcelona have made it clear that there will always be a role for a favorite boy on their books if an opportunity to reunite presents itself.