If Lionel Messi wants to return to the Nou Camp in the summer, Barcelona is prepared to make three demands of him.
On Thursday night, Messi scored his 800th career goal, making an emotional comeback to Argentina for the first time since the nation’s World Cup triumph.
His career’s next moves are yet to be determined, and his future at Paris Saint-Germain is far from clear.
Some supporters will become angered by his anti-France chants while on international duty because his contract at the Parc des Princes expires in June.
After their recent Champions League elimination at the hands of Bayern Munich, the 35-year-old was already unpopular with the Ligue 1 leaders’ supporters.
Although contract talks have started since the team wants to keep him, the forward and the club have not yet come to an agreement.
Barcelona would like to see him return. He has also been connected with Inter Miami in the MLS and a potential law-changing reunion as Cristiano Ronaldo’s adversary in Saudi Arabia.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner will reportedly need to make it apparent that he wants to return, accept a smaller role in the club, and lower his contract in order to play at the Nou Camp again.
While there are rumored to be differences between Messi and Barcelona president Joan Laporta, the club president wants Messi to make it obvious that he wants to play there.
After years of playing and succeeding together, Xavi is still close to the forward and may have to provide that knowledge.
If the forward returned, the captaincy would not be given to him because Ronald Araujo, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, and Robert Lewandowski are now the leaders of the locker room.
Lowering Messi’s pay could be the biggest barrier to his return, considering the club’s well-publicized financial difficulties in recent years.
Also, given their ongoing FFP violations, finances may be the reason PSG isn’t as anxious about losing him as they ought to be.
If Barcelona is ever charged with anything as a result of corruption suspicions in Spain, it may still have an impact on Messi’s decision regarding which team to join.