KEY POINTS

  • Lionel Messi had lunch with his former teammate Luis Suarez in Madrid
  • Barcelona president Joan Laporta confirms major changes will happen soon
  • Messi was not in favor of Barca's decision to release Suarez

Lionel Messi’s recent activity could be about to spark rumors of a Luis Suarez return to Barcelona.

Following the frustrating defeat to Celta Vigo, Ronald Koeman gave Barcelona a two-day break. Taking advantage of the leisure time, Messi flew to Madrid with his wife.

It didn’t take long before the media became aware of Messi’s whereabouts in Spain’s capital, and the Argentine was finally spotted having lunch at an Italian restaurant in Salamanca on Monday.

What’s even more interesting was that the Barcelona captain was joined by his former co-star Suarez, Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo reported.

Messi and Suarez’s get-together lunch happened exactly ten days after Barcelona drew with Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou.

Atop that, the pair’s meeting also conveniently happened around the same time newly-appointed Barca president Joan Laporta confirmed that the club will be working on a massive transfer revamp.

According to Laporta, “a lot of decisions” will be made “starting next week” as he aims to put an end to Barcelona’s current system.

"I said that I'd evaluate at the end of the season depending on the results and performances,"  Laporta recently told Spanish outlet Marca. "We won the Copa del Rey, and we're proud of that, but we were knocked out of the Champions League early and LaLiga [Santander] was lost incomprehensibly.”

"From my point of view, you'll see that a lot of decisions have to be made, starting next week,” the executive stressed. “We'll comment on them then. We have to work hard and have a competitive team in the Champions League and domestically. When I say that this is the end of a cycle, it's because that's what I think is necessary."

Widespread rumors in Spain claim that Koeman is currently under fire following Barcelona’s series of underwhelming performances.

It can be recalled that before the 2020-21 season started, Koeman has deemed Suarez irrelevant to his proposed platform and green-lighted the Uruguayan’s move to Atletico Madrid.

Teammates no more: Luis Suarez struck up a strong friendship with Lionel Messi at Barcelona, but the Urugayan's transfer to Atletico Madrid has been confirmed Teammates no more: Luis Suarez struck up a strong friendship with Lionel Messi at Barcelona, but the Urugayan has now moved to Atletico Madrid Photo: AFP / PAU BARRENA

Messi, at the time, expressed his disapproval of Barcelona’s decision to let go of Suarez, with whom he had won four league titles with.

“We spent many years together, many lunches and many dinners. So many things we will never forget, all the time we spent together,” Messi wrote on Instagram.

“It will be strange to see you in another shirt and much more to come up against you on the pitch. You deserved a farewell that fit with who you are: one of the most important players in the history of the club. Someone who achieved great things for the team and on an individual level,” he continued. “You did not deserve for them to throw you out like they did. But the truth is that at this stage nothing surprises me anymore.”

In Atleti, Suarez continued where he left off and even led the club to the top spot in the Spanish top-flight, having bagged a total of 20 goals in 37 games across all competitions to date.