Prominent football journalist Fabrizio Romano has officially confirmed that the much-anticipated Barcelona move for Lionel Messi will not be happening anytime soon. Recently, rumors of Messi’s return to his boyhood club, FC Barcelona, were circulating widely on the internet. This was fueled by Miami’s absence from competitive matches until next February due to their failure to reach the playoffs, which led to speculations about Leo Messi joining FC Barcelona on a loan deal.
Confirmation by Fabrizio
In his latest post, Fabrizio Romano shared an update regarding the rumors of Messi joining FC Barcelona on loan. According to Fabrizio, Lionel Messi is currently solely focused on Argentina and Inter Miami. He hasn’t even considered the possibility of a loan deal with FC Barcelona. Additionally, Fabrizio has also dismissed any notions of Lionel Messi joining any Saudi club on a loan deal.
Messi’s Future Plans
Fabrizio Romano, in his post, revealed Lionel Messi’s footballing plans for the next four months. In October, Lionel Messi is scheduled to participate in Round three and four of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers. He will face Paraguay on the 13th of October and Peru on the 18th of October. Lionel Messi holds the title of the top scorer in South American World Cup qualifiers, having already scored a goal in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers. He is currently with the Argentine national team, preparing for the World Cup qualifiers. In October, Lionel Messi will also play the remaining MLS matches for Inter Miami against Charlotte FC twice.
In the next month, there won’t be any Inter Miami matches for Lionel Messi in the MLS, as his club failed to secure a playoff position in his absence. Nevertheless, Lionel Messi will still have two World Cup qualifier matches against South American heavyweights Brazil and Uruguay. Additionally, he could make appearances in Inter Miami’s friendly games during their Asia tour, which opens the door for yet another Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo clash.
Following the Asia tour with Inter Miami in November, Lionel Messi will have a five-week holiday before the start of the new MLS season in December 2024. He will then participate in Inter Miami’s pre-season in January, leading up to the start of the new MLS season in February 2024.