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Barcelona vice-president Rafael Yuste confirms Lionel Messi contact and push for his return

Barcelona’s vice-president Rafael Yuste said the club has been in contact with Lionel Messi for a possible comeback at Nou Camp as they push for his return.


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At a press conference on Friday Yuste said they had been in touch with the Argentinian’s representatives.

Barcelona’s all-time top scorer Messi

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The 35-year-old Argentina goal scorer is Barcelona’s all-time top scorer netting 672 goals in 778 games and leaving the Nou Camp for financial reasons in 2021.

Messi, who won the World Cup with Argentina in December, has scored 29 goals in 66 games for PSG.

He recently claimed his 100th international goal and 800th career strike.

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It was his seventh hat trick for the national team. The Albiceleste captain, his country’s all-time record goal scorer, netted a hat-trick in a 7-0 win against Curacao.

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Nicolas Gonzalez on Messsi:

“You cannot describe Messi in words,” said fellow goal scorer Nicolas Gonzalez. “He’s the best in the world and he shows it match after match, day after day. Every time he touches the ball, he makes you smile.”

Messi made a sad farewell to Barcelona in 2021 after the club was unable to offer a new deal amid major financial woes.

Messi made a sad farewell to Barcelona in 2021

However, Messi’s two-year contract with Paris St-Germain expires this summer and his preference is thought to be staying with the French club.

Barça have made little secret of their desire to bring the World Cup winner back as his bond with the club and the fans is of great influence in the world of football.

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Barcelona’s vice-president Rafael Yuste on Messi:

“Leo and his family know the affection I have for them,” Yuste said. “I participated in the negotiations which unfortunately did not lead to a certain result. I’ve always had and I have this thorn in my side that Leo couldn’t continue at our club. Messi knows how much we appreciate him. I would love for him to come back. We’re in contact, of course, with them.”

Messi agreed on a new deal with Barcelona on reduced wages two years ago, but it was dependent on the club selling players following new financial rules in La Liga.

Messi’s career at Baca saw him yield four Champions Leagues, 10 La Liga titles, and six Ballons d’Or.

Messi sits third in the all-time list, behind great rival Cristiano Ronaldo (122) of Portugal and Iran’s Ali Daei (109).

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