Barca’s genius plan for Messi
Since Lionel Messi is ready to return to Barca without asking for billions, Xavi already knows where he will play his former Argentina teammate in his starting XI.
And if the return of Lionel Messi at FC Barcelona was more concrete than you think? Agree to extend to PSG last December, after a meeting held during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the sevenfold Ballon d’Or would now hesitate to turn the page in Paris, already, to reopen a last chapter of his magnificent written work. At FC Barcelona.
Remunerated to the tune of 30 million euros by the club of the French capital, Messi must give up on his emoluments to play one or two seasons with the Blaugranas, where he became a football legend (long before his coronation at the World Cup on December 18 against the Blues). He could be paid ‘minimum wage’ and receive benefits from gala events at the Camp Nou.
Messi in the middle
Xavi, for his part, has already explained to “La Pulga” where he would like to play. Quite simply in the heart of the game. Within the system of the young Spanish coach (which is more of a 4-1-4-1 than a 4-3-3), the side players are already known (Ousmane Dembélé, Raphinha or Ferran Torres) and Robert Lewandowski occupy the tip of the attack. Free spirit in the midfield, Pedri, Gavi and Franck Kessie alternate.
It is in this sector that Messi would be used. The 35-year-old left-hander could then clinch to make play with Frenkie De Jong or ask for the ball in the gap in order to control forwards and challenge opposing defenders. Exactly what Pedri can do. At the same time, Barça could hire Ilkay Gündogan, soon to be free of any contract, to expand this sector of play. It looks interesting!