LIONEL MESSI is making a surprise comeback against Barcelona after being dropped from the Argentina squad against Chile and Colombia.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Sparking immediate speculation he could be discussing a return to his boyhood club after being spotted by fans and local media in the Catalan capital.
But then he flew back to Spain from Paris to celebrate the 42nd birthday of Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez and former teammates Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba.
They dined together last night with his wife at a Japanese restaurant with Pepe Costa, the legend’s friend and mentor, who left Barca when the father of three left the club last summer for Paris. -Saint Germain, also joined them.
Messi posed for selfies and signed autographs of Barcelona jerseys for fans who were waiting for the Argentine as he left, but refused to speak to journalists, who had also arrived outside the posh diner. .
The footballer’s surprise return to the house where he has spent most of his career comes days after his resignation. Barcelona right-back Dani Alves has publicly begged Messi to follow in his footsteps by making a comeback to the club to finish his career.
The Brazilian said: “Sometimes things don’t go as we dream. I told him he wouldn’t be in a better place than here.
“He told me the same thing when I left. It would be nice if Messi ended his career here.”
Messi is back for PSG on Sunday after Covid made a full recovery by coming on from the bench in the second half to replace Neymar.
Following the 4–0 win over Reims, he was presented with a Vatican Sports jersey signed by the Pope by Bishop Emmanuel Gobilliard, Auxiliary Bishop of Lyon.
Vatican Athletics is an athletics club described as Vatican City’s first official sports team.
Messi was dropped from the Argentina team is said to have been agreed in negotiations between the PSG striker and coach Lionel Scaloni.
The South Americans have qualified for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The 34-year-old father-of-three spent Christmas and New Year’s Eve in his hometown of Rosario but was forced to extend his stay after contracting the coronavirus.
Messi and his wife were filmed singing and dancing at a private party, where they met famous Argentine DJ Fer Palacio.
The The DJ then went to an unusually long time posting his negative Covid results online after being blamed for Messi’s Covid.
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