• Barcelona is still searching for a player who can replace Lionel Messi
  • Barca president Joan Laporta reveals the club's stance on Messi's potential return
  • The Argentine wants to return to Camp Nou

The idea of having Lionel Messi spend the twilight years of his career at Barcelona is still a possibility.

Many believed that Messi’s Barcelona exit was untimely. Some even thought that the Argentine should’ve never left in the first place, while some are still crossing their fingers for his return.

Recently lifting the lid on the issue, Barcelona president Joan Laporta is not ruling out the possibility of welcoming back Messi to Camp Nou.

According to Laporta, he “can’t predict” what will happen, but he hinted at the possibility of linking up with Messi and his fellow former Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta in the future.

“I don’t rule anything out,” Laporta told famed soccer journalist Fabrizio Romano. “It happened with Dani, age is a number. They’re two great players. I can’t predict what will happen tomorrow, they’re still playing and contracted to other clubs. You never know.”

Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta
Lionel Messi celebrates his goal with its creator Andres Iniesta. Reuters

Laporta has been actively taking part in recuperating Barcelona in the post-Messi era.

Aside from asking the fans to continue supporting the club, he is also believed to be playing a role in the team’s recruitment.

There has been an array of potential signings currently being linked to Barcelona, but it is becoming more apparent that the Catalans need a player worthy of filling the void the six-time Ballon d’Or winner left.

Aside from Laporta, former Barcelona presidential candidate Victor Font is also fancying seeing Messi making a sensational return to Camp Nou.

"He deserved to go out in style,” Font previously said of Messi. “From the moment he left, the club should have been thinking how Messi can return to Barca in 2023."

Fortunately, Messi himself is also dreaming about returning to his beloved club.

However, his idea of a comeback is not about playing but being a key figure in the coaching staff.

“Yes. I always said that I would love to be able to help the club in what could be useful and can add and help the club to be well,” the 34-year-old admitted. “I would love to be a technical secretary at some point.”

“I don't know if it will be at Barcelona or not. [But] if there is a possibility, I would like to contribute again in what I can because it is the club that I love and I would love for it to continue to be good, to continue growing, and to continue being one of the best in the world.”