Lionel Messi is out of contract at Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season and is reportedly considering returning to former club Barcelona. The World Cup winner is facing an uncertain future as he heads into the final three months of his PSG deal and, in recent months, has been heavily linked with a move to Inter Miami in the United States.
But Messi according to Foot Mercato, Messi, despite reaching a verbal agreement to continue in the French capital this December, is now seriously considering returning to Catalonia.
There is a slight problem, though, if that move does come to fruition, with Messi's three Barca positions currently filled by Robert Lewandowski, Ousmane Dembele and Raphinha.
The Argentine thinks he has a "golden opportunity" to head back to the Camp Nou this summer and is believed to have spoken regularly with Xavi. The only issue being, however, is that Xaxi will have a headache axing a regular starter if Messi does make a sensational return.
As reported by Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, Messi might have to play out of position to accommodate the Players currently playing in his normal spot. But with Messi, a seven-time Ballon d'Or winner, versatile enough to play anywhere on the field, it shouldn't come as a problem.
On Monday, Sergi Roberto leapt to the defence of his former team-mate after the PSG fans jeered the Argentine star, and urged him to come back to Barcelona.
Messi was subjected to boos from fans before their match with Rennes on Sunday, following his performance as the club were knocked out of the Champions League by Bayern Munich last week.
Matters were made even worse when the French champions were beaten by Rennes, ending the club's 35-match unbeaten run with a 2-0 victory at the Parc des Princes.
After the game Messi headed straight down the tunnel, and there is now a growing belief that he is unlikely to extend his stay in Paris with his contract expiring at the end of the season, and the club having doubts whether to offer him a new deal.
The Barcelona defender told Jijantes FC that he and the Players are keen to see Messi return to his former club, when asked about Barca would welcome back the club legend.
He said: "With open arms, who is not going to be prepared for Messi's return? In the end, we don't want to talk a lot because he, the president, the coach or whoever has to decide, but if it's because of the Players, we are waiting for him now."