Lionel Messi set for sensational Barcelona return, following talks with Xavi: report

Xavi with Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona during the La Liga Santander match between FC Barcelona v Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou on May 20, 2018 in Barcelona Spain
(Image credit: Jeroen Meuwsen/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Lionel Messi is set to return to Barcelona after two years away from Catalonia this summer.

That's according to Catalunya Radio, who claim that the Argentine has told current Barça manager and former team-mate Xavi that he would love to move back to the club. Prior to Xavi taking the reins, the club had to let their talismanic No.10 leave on a free transfer in 2021 after failing to meet financial regulations of La Liga needed to register the star.

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Mark White
Content Editor

Mark White has been at on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, first as a staff writer before becoming content editor in 2023. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also represented FFT at both FA Cup and League Cup finals (though didn't receive a winners' medal on either occasion) and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He has written cover features for the mag on Mikel Arteta and Martin Odegaard, and is assisted by his cat, Rosie, who has interned for the brand since lockdown.