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La Liga president wants Messi to return to Barcelona: “I hope he comes back”

Speaking in an interview with Argentine publication Ole, La Liga president Javier Tebas has claimed that he wants to see Lionel Messi return to Barcelona.

Messi left Spotify Camp Nou last year after having spent his entire career at Barça as the club were in no position to renew his contract. The 35-year-old joined PSG, signing a two-year contract, which will expire at the end of the ongoing campaign.

With the Argentina captain set to become a free agent in the summer, a return to Barcelona has been touted heavily. And Tebas has now openly admitted that he hopes to see Messi back in Spanish football as it would be good for everyone involved.

The La Liga president also aimed a dig at PSG and Ligue 1 in the process, saying that the number of fans that tune in to watch Messi play in the French top flight is much less than what it used to be when he was at Barcelona.

“I think that Messi is not only missed in La Liga, but he is missed in football, because the French league is what it is, right? I think that no matter how good he is at PSG, he is followed much less than when he was at FC Barcelona,” Tebas said.

“Therefore, football misses Lionel Messi and we hope he has a great World Cup, because there we will all be able to see him again. I don’t see all the fans watching PSG against Nantes, I don’t see it.”

The La Liga president then admitted that he missed seeing Messi in action and hoped to see him back at Barcelona, as he said:

“At Barca, within La Liga, I did see him much more often. I miss him, I don’t know if he will have one last dance, that will depend on him. I hope he comes back. Above all, it would also be good for him to return to Spanish football, especially to the team that saw him born.”

Tebas then claimed that Barcelona and Messi parting ways last year was a mistake, saying:

“Because I think it was a mistake even for him, in my opinion, to break that marriage, that alliance since he was born in football, because it would have helped him a lot with continuity, like the Messi-Barca brand, which is very important for a player.”

While Barcelona are hoping to re-sign Messi next summer, reports suggest that the 35-year-old could be headed to the MLS where Inter Miami FC are keen on signing him. A decision on his future is expected after the FIFA World Cup.

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