“If he wants to come, we’ll see” – Argentina star makes hilarious claim about Lionel Messi joining him at his club
German Pezzella, the Real Betis and Argentina defender, has playfully expressed that his club would welcome Lionel Messi. With speculation surrounding Messi's future, as his contract with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) nears its end, there have been talks of a possible return to Barcelona or interest from MLS and Saudi Arabia.
In an interview with TyC Sports, Pezzella jokingly stated that Betis would have no problem opening their doors to Messi. He also highlighted the positive impact Messi brings to Spain and the joy he brings to people's lives through football. Pezzella expressed his gratitude for having Messi as a teammate, noting his continuous ability to surprise.
Guido Rodriguez, another Argentine player at Real Betis, shared his thoughts on Messi's future more cautiously. Rodriguez emphasized how they enjoy having Messi in the national team, highlighting his happiness and the importance of his presence for Argentinians. He concluded by stating that Messi will make the best decision for himself and his family.
Pezzella and Rodriguez were part of Argentina's victorious squad in the 2022 FIFA World Cup, led by Messi. While Pezzella made appearances as a substitute in three matches, including the final, Rodriguez played once as a starter in their 2-0 group-stage victory over Mexico.
Regarding Messi's potential return to La Liga, Barcelona president Joan Laporta confirmed the club's intention to bring him back to the Camp Nou. Laporta made this announcement after Barcelona secured the 2022-23 La Liga title with a 4-2 away win against RCD Espanyol. He emphasized the club's desire to have Messi, with a focus on reaching an agreement through a viable plan.
Before leaving for PSG in 2021, Messi had an illustrious career at Barcelona, amassing a remarkable record of 778 appearances, 672 goals, and 303 assists. He won numerous major honors with the club, including 10 La Liga titles and four UEFA Champions League trophies.