Speculation surrounding Messi’s potential transfer back to his beloved Barcelona is rife.
However, he got a welcome break from the European transfer rumour mill at the 2022 International Football History and Statistics Federation (IFFHS) Awards, where he picked up three trophies: IFFHS World’s Best Player, IFFHS World’s Best Playmaker, and IFFHS World’s Best International Goal Scorer.
Not a bad return! Posting a picture of his haul on Instagram, Messi wrote: “It was an honor to receive from the International Football History and Statistics Federation (IFFHS) these three awards for 2022… thank you!”
Since moving to Paris, Lionel Messi may not have quite replicated the sparkling club form he was known for at Barcelona, but his goal tally is still remarkable, and in 2022-23 he’s still been able to enhance his image as arguably the greatest footballer in the history of the game.
His dazzling talent and understated leadership s????s were central to Argentina’s iconic World Cup win, and he’s added to the coveted trophy with a variety of individual honours, including this latest raft at the IFFHS Awards.
Messi is set to leave PSG this summer, and the 35-year-old’s future is in the balance, with Barcelona president Joan Laporta reportedly having the final say on whether the Argentina legend makes a dramatic return to Spain. Elsewhere, Inter Miami have been linked heavily with the PSG attacker.
the majestic forward has had an incredible career and is reaching his twilight years, but he made clear during the World Cup that he’s still one of the best in the world, so it will be interesting to see where he heads next.
Lionel Messi ‘arrives in Barcelona with his family’ as speculation ramps up over Nou Camp return
Lionel Messi has been spotted in Barcelona alongside his family as he continues to be linked with a sensational return to the Nou Camp this summer.
According to Sport, Messi has returned to Barcelona this weekend, accompanied by his family and 15 suitcases, with PSG not in action again until next Sunday.
Barcelona are keen to re-sign the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, but must overcome their crippling financial issues to get a deal over the line.
Sport’s report claims Barcelona are expected to hold further talks with Messi’s representatives in the coming weeks to try to resolve any issues and reach an agreement.