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The six-time Ballon d'Or winner was prepared to take a hefty 50 per cent pay cut in a bid to sign a new Barcelona contract in the summer.
However, Barcelona were unable to keep hold of Messi due to La Liga’s financial regulations, which scuppered the signing of a new contract.
The Barcelona legend made an emotional exit from the Camp Nou before completing a stunning free transfer to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.
Messi signed a lucrative two-year deal with PSG, with the option to extend by a further year.
However, Barcelona believe that the PSG superstar could be lured back to the Camp Nou when his contract is set to expire in 2023.
According to Marca, newly appointed Barcelona manager Xavi could be the ‘key’ for Messi’s return to the club.
Xavi, who succeeded Ronald Koeman at Barcelona, played alongside Messi during a legendary career at the Spanish club.
And the Spanish newspaper reports that the 41-year-old Spain legend could ‘persuade’ the Argentine forward to play under him at Barcelona.
Former Barcelona presidential candidate Victor Font, who lost to Joan Laporta in the 2021 elections, has urged the La Liga outfit to re-sign Messi in 2023.
“His departure deserved to be through the front door,” he told RAC 1.
“From that moment on, the club should be thinking about how Messi could return to Barcelona in 2023.”
Xavi left Qatari side Al Sadd after Barcelona met his release clause, with the 2010 World Cup winner appointed the club’s manager until 2024.
The ex-Al Sadd boss, who won eight La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues with Barcelona, received a spine-tingling reception during his unveiling at the Camp Nou on Monday.
Messi has revealed his desire to return to the city of Barcelona after his spell in the French capital, saying he would “love” to be a technical director for the La Liga club.
“What is almost confirmed is that we are going to live in Barcelona again and that our life will be there,” he told Sport.
“It's what my wife wants and what I want. I don't know when my contract with PSG ends but we'll go back to Barcelona to live.
“I always said that I would love to be able to help the club. I would love to be a technical director at some point. I don't know if it will be at Barcelona or not.
“If there is a possibility, I would like to contribute again because it's the club that I love and I would love for it to continue doing well, to continue growing and to continue being one of the best in the world.”
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