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Laporta: We would like Messi to retire at Barcelona

Acknowledged that Barcelona and Lionel Messi may have not parted ways in the best possible terms, but he expressed his desire to see the Argentine forward hang up his boots at the Blaugrana.

Messi departed the club last summer and joined Pari Saint-Germain on a free transfer, with Laporta claiming that Barcelona could not afford to renew his contract.

“It is an aspiration that I have as president and I would like it to happen, [as] I have been jointly responsible for that end which I consider provisional,” Laporta said.

Messi‘s time at Barcelona didn’t end the way we all wanted it to. It ended very much conditioned by economic reasons and we have a moral debt.

“In that sense, we would like the end of his career to be on a Barcelona shirt and applauded at all grounds where he goes.”

Barcelona have been particularly active in this summer transfer window, with opponents raising their eyebrows with the amount the club spent to sign new players.

“I have the feeling that we are working well, the players want to come to Barcelona again,” added Laporta.

“We are building a very well-balanced team that can challenge in all competitions with the intention of winning them.

“There is a lot of competition, with a minimum of two players per position who are very good

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