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La Liga boss: Only PSG can afford Lionel Messi

La Liga president Javier Tebas has questioned the possible return of Lionel Messi to Barcelona, claiming that only PSG can afford his wage demands.

La Liga president Javier Tebas has questioned the possible return of Lionel Messi to Barcelona, claiming that only PSG can afford his wage demands.

While Barca coach Xavi recently welcomed the possibility of coaching Messi, the La Liga president has doubts. Tebas queried the motives of the Argentine and the possibility of Paris Saint-Germain letting him leave before claiming that the wage he is currently on in the French capital would not fall inside La Liga’s financial regulations.

“I don’t know what [Messi] wants,” Tebas said at a ceremony for the Spanish Ejecutivos magazine. “First of all, if he wants to leave PSG; secondly, if PSG will let him leave; and, thirdly, it depends on what he earns, right? If all these three things fall into place and it’s affordable for Barcelona, he will sign inside [LaLiga’s] financial regulations. But it depends on what he earns. If it’s what he earned when he left [in 2021], then no. With the amount Messi earns [at the moment], only PSG can afford him.”

Messi bid an emotional farewell to the Catalan club in 2021 after Barcelona could not comply with La Liga’s strict financial laws. After nearly a year-and-a-half in the French capital, where he has recorded 23 goals, and 28 assists, rumours about the Argentine’s next destination are beginning to circulate. The most recent move mooted was a sensational multi-million dollar transfer to MLS side Inter Miami.

Messi (32 games) became the second-fastest player to reach 20 assists in Ligue 1 since records began in 2006-07, behind only Angel Di Maria (31 games).

With uncertainties over his club’s future, Messi may need to produce heroics again for Argentina when they take on Poland in the World Cup this Wednesday. The Albiceleste need a win to be sure of the last 16 qualifications.

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