“I would love to” – Messi expresses desire for Barcelona return

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner has expressed his desire to return to the club where he spent more than two decades once he calls time on his illustrious playing career

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Argentine superstar Lionel Messi has revealed he hopes to return to Barcelona once he retires from a playing career that has seen him win every major honour club football has on offer.

The former Camp Nou hero has explained how he would love to take on a role as a technical secretary for the Catalan giants once he hangs up his boots.

Messi spent 21 years at Barcelona having worked his way up through the academy, before cementing his status as one of the greatest players to ever live in the famous red and blue shirt.

However, after more than two decades in the city, Messi was forced to leave Barcelona earlier this year after the club effectively priced themselves out of being able to keep him.

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As a result, he made the switch to Ligue 1 titans Paris Saint-Germain, where things have not exactly gone to play for the football icon.

Yet to find the net in the league, Messi has struggled to recreate the kind of form that saw him strike fear into the hearts of every La Liga defence while at Barca.

Many claim the sight of Messi in the navy of PSG does not feel right, that he was made to don the colours of Barca – a theory supported by his performances in Paris so far.

However, Messi has not ruled out a return to Barcelona one day, as he shed light on his aspirations once his time on the pitch is over.

Speaking to Spanish outlet Sport over a potential reunion at the Camp Nou, Messi said: “Yes. I always said that I would love to be able to help the club.

“I would love to be a technical secretary at some point. I don’t know if it will be at Barcelona or not. Or if it will be elsewhere.

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“If there is a possibility, I would like to contribute again in what I can because it is the club that I love and I would love for it to continue to be good, to continue growing and to continue being one of the best in the world.”

Barcelona are a club in crisis at the moment, languishing as low as ninth in the La Liga table having sacked manager Ronald Koeman.

The Dutchman oversaw a dire run of form that saw Barca endure their worst ever start to a Champions League campaign – losing both of their opening two games 3-0.

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Messi, meanwhile, has seen his best form for PSG come in Europe – notching all three of his goals for the club in the Champions League against Man City and RB Leipzig respectively.

Things have fared differently domestically, where the Argentine boasts the unwanted record of having taken the most shots in Ligue 1 without scoring.

Messi was even replaced at half-time during the recent comeback victory over reigning champions Lille – a far cry from the kind of heroics he would perform at Barcelona.

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