Lionel Messi snubbed Barcelona homecoming because of ‘very difficult’ spell at PSG, claims Joan Laporta

Barcelona made a play to bring Messi back to the club from PSG after he announced his intention to depart. However, Laporta claims that his disappointing spell in France - where he was whistled by fans after a suspension for travelling to Saudi Arabia - put him off the idea of returning to Camp Nou.

The Barcelona president said in an interview with Mundo Deportivo: “The player wanted it, the father wanted it, but the rhythms are different. We didn’t want what happened last time.

“He told us that he decided to join Inter Miami because he had spent very difficult seasons in Paris, where he was under a lot of pressure, while in Miami he would be calmer and could think about the national team and that, although he wanted to come to Barça, he didn’t want to spend another year like this. It’s understandable and we’re working on a great tribute to Messi that Barca should do.”


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