Could Lionel Messi be on his way back to Barcelona (opens in new tab)? Well, his dad wants it to happen.
Messi has endured a difficult first season with PSG (opens in new tab) - who he joined following a tearful exit from Barca, who couldn't afford to keep the all-time great.
The seven-time, reigning Ballon d'Or winner has scored just 11 goals in 32 appearances for the French champions, a barely believable return considering his extraordinary exploits for Barca.
And, when asked by Twitch channel Jijantes FC whether he would like to see his son back at Camp Nou, Jorge Messi said (opens in new tab):
"I hope it [happens], some day."
Earlier this year, Barca president Joan Laporta told (opens in new tab) Catalan radio station RAC 1 that the club "will always be [Messi's] home".
So, could it happen this summer?
To be frank, probably not; Messi has another year to run on his PSG contract and is said to be earning a whopping €729,000 (over £600,000) per week.
With LaLiga having imposed a strict limit on Barca when it comes to squad spending and talk of a deal for Robert Lewandowski being on the cards (opens in new tab), a Messi homecoming might have to wait...
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Tom Hancock started freelancing for FourFourTwo in April 2019 and has also written for The Analyst and When Saturday Comes, among others. He supports Wycombe Wanderers and can also occasionally be found watching Wealdstone. A self-confessed statto, he has been known to watch football with a spreadsheet (or several) open...
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