Lionel Messi has hit the ground running this season as he has scored 7 goals in the first 12 appearances. The Argentina Captain had struggled to adapt to the club last season after his summer move to Paris Saint-Germain. A contract extension with Barcelona was not completed as the club was financially incapable of retaining him.
However, the Blaugrana is in a better position at this stage financially. Many experts have tipped the club to move for a possible return of their legend. The Argentine also reportedly prefers the move back to Spain than continue in France.
However, the legendary footballer has been warned against a move back. Former Liverpool man, Steve Nicol has said that the little magician will risk damaging his legacy at Barcelona if he moves back. The Liverpool legend believes that the Lionel Messi will not be able to fit into the team at Barcelona similar to the struggles of Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United.
Lionel Messi will fit into the system well contrary to Steve Nicol’s opinion
The Blaugrana have appointed Xavi Hernandez after sacking Ronald Koeman last season in an attempt to restore the identity of the club. The Spanish giants play a possession-based football known as “Tiki-Taka” popularly. Xavi Hernandez is a master of the said style as he played for almost his entire career at the club. The Manager has quickly influenced the players and instilled this style of play upon them as expected.
Lionel Messi made his debut for Barcelona in 2004 and played for more than ten years with Xavi Hernandez. The pair have an excellent relationship and I feel that the Spaniard will be more than pleased to have Lionel Messi in his squad.
The Argentina international will give him experience and ability of unmatched level. There is no question about the footballing ability of Lionel Messi regardless of his performances last season. A transfer back to the club will also help the squad in a seamless transition as he will be a very good role model for the young stars. In totality, a move back to Camp Nou will surely be successful unlike Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Old Trafford as the club has rediscovered the identity that the legend is accustomed to!!
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