With his most recent remarks about playing alongside Lionel Messi, Barcelona striker Robert Lewandowski has fanned the flames of speculation about a potential return of Messi to the Camp Nou.
The Polish international is getting ready to play for his club once again after a good World Cup campaign with his nation.
For the first time since 1986, Poland advanced past the group stage before falling to eventual finalists France 3-1 in the round of 16.
Just days after Barcelona president Joan Laporta touted the Argentine’s stunning comeback to the Camp Nou, Robert Lewandowski expressed his desire to play alongside Lionel Messi in an interview with El Mundo Deportivo. This is likely to fuel rumors that Messi will return to Camp Nou.
The Barcelona forward acknowledged that every striker has the desire to team up with World Cup champion Lionel Messi and thinks the Argentine is poised to win another Ballon d’Or.
Lewandowski commented, “It’s not up to me. Of course, it is clear that he is playing more like a playmaker now, even though he is still scoring goals.
He may be passing the ball to his teammates more often as a result. But in contrast to earlier times, he is now the type of player that any striker would like to team up with.”
In the summer of 2021, Messi signed a two-year contract with the French powerhouses after Barcelona were unable to renew his deal with the playmaker owing to their financial predicament.
He scored 12 goals and contributed 14 assists this season after a challenging first season in Paris, and he has expressed his satisfaction at settling in to life in France.
Messi has been evading calls placed on his behalf by a mediator connected to Joan Laporta, the president of Barcelona, who is anxious for the Argentine star to return to Camp Nou.
For a player whose contract expires on June 30, Laporta’s bargaining strategies have so far been ineffective.
Attempts by Laporta to arrange a meeting with his former star player while attending the Ballon d’Or award ceremony in Paris in October fell through.
Even though there were rumors that a deal had been reached at the end of the season, the Argentine star now seems to be staying in Paris beyond this season with Inter Miami also vying for his services.
Despite his previous failures, Barcelona president Laporta has kept up his public advocacy for Messi’s potential return to the team. He stated last week that he would “very much” like Messi to come back to Camp Nou.