A Barcelona comeback for Lionel Messi could be on the table after the club posted a fiscal profit.
Lionel Messi could return to Barcelona, claims vice-president Eduard Romeu, stating the club knows “how to perform miracles” after they announced a profit.
The striker left last year when Barcelona were unable to re-sign him after his contract expired as their financial problems led to a massive reduction in the salary cap in LaLiga.
He then signed a two-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain, although the relatively short-term nature of the deal meant that speculation often linked the Argentine veteran with a return home to the Camp Nou.
Romeu indicated that any decision to bring Messi back to the club was a matter for Barcelona’s sporting department, but hinted that any move could work financially.
“He is an asset to the club and our door is open,” he said. “We have shown that we can do miracles.”
His comments came as Barca reported a profit of €98m after tax for the 2021-22 financial year, after several seasons of severe economic problems.
President Joan Laporta activated what he called financial “leverages” in the offseason to help ease their disputes in the short term. His arrangements included the sale of 25 percent of their TV rights to LaLiga for the next 25 years.
While critics have accused Laporta of pawning the club’s future, they have managed to assemble a squad expected to compete for football’s biggest prizes again, with Robert Lewandowski, Jules Kounde and Raphinha all arriving at the Camp Nou.
Laporte’s gamble is also reflected in the club’s latest profit statement, although whether they have enough maneuverability to put together a package for Messi’s return remains only theoretical.