Football fans on Twitter were abuzz with excitement as Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski greeted each other during the Laureus Sports Awards. Many even claimed that the Polish striker is working as an agent to bring Messi back to Barcelona. Messi was named the winner of the 2023 edition of the award after leading Argentina to FIFA World Cup glory last year. He won the Golden Ball as well, scoring seven goals and providing three assists. A host of world-class athletes were also nominated for the award, including Mondo Duplantis, Kylian Mbappe, Max Verstappen, Stephen Curry, and Rafael Nadal.
Messi, who is currently with Paris Saint-Germain, is in the final months of his contract but is yet to renew his deal. According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, he will leave the Ligue 1 giants in the summer. The 35-year-old has been widely linked with a return to Barcelona, so his recent meeting with Blaugrana striker Lewandowski has left fans excited. One fan wrote on Twitter: “Lewandowski ready for them assists.” Another wrote: “Messi should forgive him.”
Since his summer move from Bayern Munich, Lewandowski has become Barcelona’s attacking leader, scoring 29 goals and providing seven assists in 41 games across competitions. The Polish striker recently expressed his desire to play alongside Messi and stated that Barcelona is where the Argentine belongs. Barca’s No. 9 recently told Mundo Deportivo: “Messi belongs to Barca, and if he returns, it will be something incredible. We know that his place is here in Barcelona. I don’t know what will happen, but I hope that next season, we can play together.”
Seeing the two football superstars share the pitch for Barca would be a dream scenario for the fans. However, the Blaugrana need to free up €200 million from their wage bill to register new players in the summer. So, the process of completing Messi’s return won’t be a straightforward one.
Despite the obstacles, fans are hopeful that Messi will return to Barcelona and play alongside Lewandowski. The excitement on Twitter shows how much the fans want to see the two world-class players on the same team. It remains to be seen if the Blaugrana can make it happen, but one thing is for sure: the fans are eagerly waiting for the day when Messi and Lewandowski share the pitch for Barcelona.