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Lionel Messi’s brother hits out at Joan Laporta in controversial interview

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The Argentine icon’s move away from Barcelona has apparently ruined his relationship with the club’s hierarchy.

Lionel Messi’s brother, Matias, has ruled out a possible return to Barcelona for the Argentine superstar.

Messi left Barca after 21 years when the Catalans failed to renew his contract in 2021. A quick transfer to Paris Saint-Germain then followed Messi’s emotional farewell from the club.

The World Cup winner is now spending the final months of his two-year deal at Parc des Prince. Barcelona have emerged as a possible destination for Messi next summer.

But, it seems the failed contract negotiations have broken Messi’s relationship with Barca’s hierarchy.

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“I have a SPORT clipping that says ‘Messi should return to Barça’. I said “Hahahaha, we are not going back to Barcelona and even if we do, we are going to do a good cleaning. Among them would be to kick out Laporta,” Matias Messi said on Twitch.

“People [in Barcelona] did not support him. They should have gone out for a protest or something, Let Laporta leave and Messi stay. 

“The Spanish are traitors. I’m telling you this because I want you to hear it from us, not somewhere else.”

PSG have confirmed they are negotiating with Messi to extend his stay at the club for at least another year. The 35-year-old also has offers from MLS and Saudi Arabia ahead of the next summer.