Barcelona have only just got over their Lionel Messi break-up - re-signing him now is the wrong move
Last week, Barcelona vice-president Rafael Yuste sat in front of the press and listed all of the reasons Lionel Messi is important to Barcelona. He referenced his connection with the fans, the economic impact, and, of course, the sporting benefit of Messi's 20 years at the club.
Then, he announced that Barca are working with Messi's agent to try and bring the legend back to the club he left nearly two years ago.
It’s hard not to be romantic about all of this. Messi and Barcelona are forever intertwined. They were, for so long, the perfect marriage. Childhood sweethearts who fell in love at a young age, their relationship blossomed over the years, evolving into this beautiful, seemingly unbreakable bond.
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Then, in 2021, came the shocking divorce, which quite literally left Messi in tears.
He was the master craftsman who led a team to unprecedented success. There were other stars in the various versions of Barcelona in which he played, but Messi was transcendent, the constant for nearly 15 years who delivered at every single juncture.
A return to that club, to the adulation of Camp Nou, to the embrace of his former partner, is almost too alluring to turn down. But it shouldn’t even be entertained.
Messi might want it — he could even need it. Barcelona, though, should avoid it at all costs.