It has been stated that Barcelona are mulling over the many options available to them in order to re-sign Lionel Messi next season, after the conclusion of his current deal with Paris Saint-Germain. Here, take a look at the positions he could play with Robert Lewandowski in the squad.
Lionel Messi bid a heartfelt farewell to Barcelona in 2021 when it became clear that he would not be able to continue playing at the Camp Nou due to the club’s precarious financial situation. The Argentine is said to have agreed to a 50 percent pay cut to improve his prospects of signing a new contract.
However, he eventually decided to end his time playing for the club. The move to Paris Saint-Germain ended a 21-year spell with the Blaugrana, during which he amassed 672 goals and 303 assists in 778 games after joining La Masia from Newell’s Old Boys.
The positions Lionel Messi could play alongside Robert Lewandowski if he were to return to Barcelona
During his illustrious time in Catalonia, the superstar winger won no fewer than 36 major awards. Meanwhile, during his first season in Ligue 1, he was unable to score as many goals as he did during his time in Spain.
The 35-year-old star, whose current contract with Paris Saint-Germain only runs until 2023 with an option for a further year, has often been rumored to be interested in a return to Barcelona as the Catalan club’s financial woes begin to improve. The story of two sides didn’t reach the finale it deserved, but it’s possible that the story is only on hold and will continue at some point in the future.
Despite the manner in which the two parted ways, the relationship between Barca president Joan Laporta and Messi has already healed and is once again believed to be in a good place. Although the player’s agents have denied it, there are some reports that suggest they spoke on the phone, as reported by Spanish newspaper Marca.
Meanwhile, Catalan outlet Mundo Deportivo add that should the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner decide to return to the club, he would have to settle for a lower income and be open to a substitute role. There are concerns that his comeback could stunt the growth of a group of young talents such as Pedri, Ansu Fati and Gavi.
As a result, the report speculates about Messi’s potential position in the team. It has been suggested that playing as a false nine or a striker could be difficult with Robert Lewandowski around, and there has also been talk that the former Blaugrana captain could end up playing in midfield in either 3-4-3. or a 4-2-3-1 formation.