Speaking in an interview with Argentine publication Ole, La Liga president Javier Tebas said he wants to see Lionel Messi return to Barcelona.
Messi left Spotify Camp Nou last year after having spent his entire career at Barça as the club was not in a position to renew his contract. The 35-year-old has joined PSG, signing a two-year contract, which will expire at the end of the ongoing campaign.
With the Argentina captain set to become a free agent in the summer, a return to Barcelona was highly praised. And Tebas has now openly admitted that he hopes to see Messi back in Spanish football as it would be good for everyone involved.
The La Liga president also criticized PSG and Ligue 1 in the process, saying the number of fans watching Messi play in the French top flight is much lower than it used to be when he was at Barcelona.
“I think Messi is not only missed in La Liga, but in football, because the French league is what it is, right? I think that no matter how good he is at PSG, he is much less followed than when he was at FC Barcelona,” Tebas said.
“So football misses Lionel Messi and we hope he has a great World Cup, because there we can all see him again. I don’t see all the fans watching PSG against Nantes, I don’t.”
The La Liga president then admitted that he missed seeing Messi in action and hoped to see him back at Barcelona, as he said:
“At Barça, in La Liga, I saw him much more often. I miss him, I don’t know if he will have one last dance, that will depend on him. I hope he comes back. Above all, it would also be good for him to return to Spanish football, especially to the team that saw him born.”
Tebas then claimed that the separation of Barcelona and Messi last year was a mistake, saying:
“Because I think it was even a mistake for him, in my opinion, to break that marriage, that alliance since he was born in football, because that would have helped him a lot in continuity, like the Messi-Barca brand, which is very important for a player”.
While Barcelona hope to re-sign Messi next summer, reports suggest the 35-year-old could move to MLS, where Inter Miami FC are keen to sign him. A decision on his future is expected after the FIFA World Cup.