FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta has ruled out a reported plan to loan Lionel Messi for one match only as part of a planned farewell to the all-time great.
“There are all kinds of reports, but I don’t think that’s even allowed by FIFA,” Laporta said.
However, Laporta re-stated his willingness to stage some sort of event to give the GOAT a proper send-off.
“I don’t know if it will be when we return to the Spotify Camp Nou at the end of 2024 or when the stadium is fully built by July 2026,” the president concluded.
Barcelona’s iconic stadium is being refurbished, meaning the club is currently playing at nearby Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys in Montjuïc.
The most discussed option for a farewell would include a friendly against his current club, Inter Miami CF, in the Joan Gamper Trophy.