Barcelona manager Xavi has likened Lionel Messi’s potential return to the club to Michael Jordan’s Last Dance and said he would be happy to welcome the Argentina star back. Rumors of Messi’s return have been rampant in recent times.
By India Today Sports Desk: Barcelona manager Xavi has likened Lionel Messi’s potential return to the club to Michael Jordan’s Last Dance and said he would be delighted to bring him back.
Rumors of Messi’s potential return to Barca have been emerging as the Argentine star is in the last stretch of his current contract at PSG. Barcelona Vice-President Rafa Yuste had stated recently that they were in talks with Messi about a potential return to the club.
Xavi commented on the matter and admitted that the return would depend on a lot of factors like financial fairplay, but said that it would depend on the wishes of Messi.
Xavi said that the doors are open for a return for the Argentina captain and admitted that he would be delighted to have Messi back at Barcelona.
“It will depend on many things. We are obviously at the mercy of financial fairplay. But I think what it will depend on most is the wishes of Leo. He knows this is his home, that the doors are open, and that we would be delighted to have him.”
Xavi joked that he was also in love with Messi, like Yuste and said the fans would be excited about his return to the club and likened it to the last dance of Jordan.
“I have seen him grow at the club, I know him, I know the magnitude of him as a footballer. He is exemplary in many aspects.”
“It’s normal that people are excited. It’s a Last Dance like Michael Jordan.”
“I think the best thermometer is Camp Nou to see how Cules are. That thermometer does not fail. The field is full and the people excited, people are excited on the street,” said Xavi.
Barcelona will return to the La Liga on Saturday with an away fixture against Elche.