Ansu Fati opens up on Lionel Messi return after nabbing his Barcelona shirt

Ansu Fati has opened up on the prospect of Lionel Messi making a sensational return to Barcelona after nabbing the iconic No10 shirt 12 months ago.

Due to Barcelona's depleting finances, star man Messi was forced to end his 17-year love affair in Catalunya last summer after the La Liga giants were unable to offer him extended terms. Instead, the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner opted to join PSG on a free transfer, linking up with ex-Barca team-mate Neymar and as the diamond gem of Mauricio Pochettino's star-studded squad.

One year on from one of the most remarkable transfer sagas in modern times, Barcelona President Joan Laporta refused to rule out a spectacular return to the Camp Nou. And teenage ace Fati would also be in favour of Messi rekindling his connection with the Catalan club.

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"Leo Messi returning to play for Barca would be the best of farewells," Fati told Spanish television network tv3cat. "We would love him to return to Barcelona. He is the best player in history."

The rising starlet took on the hefty responsibility of the No10 shirt last summer after new-signing Sergio Aguero snubbed the digit out of respect for his compatriot. Worn by club legends Ronaldinho, Diego Maradona and Rivaldo, the Spanish international registered just six goals in his debut campaign donning the no.10 with his season marred by various injuries.

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Messi has just 12 months remaining on his contract in Paris, with the option of a further year, and could be tempted by a homecoming reunion to play under former team-mate Xavi.

The Spaniard has already held talks with Laporta over an extraordinary return to the Camp Nou at the end of the 2022/23 campaign. By that point though, Messi would be 36 years old and on the verge of retirement.


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