Lionel Messi’s camp will throw ‘ungrateful’ president Joan Laporta out of the club if he returns to FC Barcelona this summer, according to the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner’s brother Matias.
Messi left his boyhood team in the summer of 2021 after Barca, who had recently been overtaken by Laporta, failed to navigate La Liga’s strict salary cap and offer him a new deal.
This saw the Argentina sign a two-year arrangement with Paris Saint Germain, and with those terms set to expire in late June, there have been rumors that Messi could make a sensational return to the outfit he joined as a shy 13-year-old.
Speaking on the Twitch channel ‘Labajada10’, however, Messi’s brother Matias poured cold water on such talk and made explosive comments about Laporta, Barca, and ‘Spaniards’.
When asked about Messi’s potential return to what was his home for over 20 years, Matias explained: “I have a clipping from (Catalan daily newspaper) SPORT, from Barcelona, that says ‘Messi should return to Barcelona'”.
“We’re not going back to Barcelona and if we do go back we’re going to do a good cleaning out. [We would] throw Joan Laporta out, an ingrate.”
“People in Barcelona did not support Leo. They should have gone out to march for Laporta to leave and Messi to stay,” Matias claimed, as per his brother’s 2021 exit.
“The FC Barcelona museum is Messi’s museum. The Spaniards are traitors,” he added, revealing that his mother warned him “they are going to do the same to him as they did to Ronaldinho,” in reference to the 2008 exit by the Brazilian great that many feel was forced by the Catalans.
On the greatest rivalry in club football between Barca and Real Madrid, Matias bragged that Barca only “began to be known after Messi”.
Matias’ comments are unlikely to be received well by Laporta or Barca fans, but should be brushed off and have no bearing on their desire to see Messi don Blaugrana once more.
With Barca told that they must shave €200mn ($214.5mn) from the wage bill ahead of next season by La Liga president Javier Tebas, however, his return is practically impossible as things stand unless there are a number of departures.