Barcelona are in deep financial turmoil, which has been well-documented over the years. They have been doing their level best to raise money through player sales and international tours before the season, and have recently come up with a new plan, as well.
Reports have stated that Barcelona will be looking to face the Argentina National Team as part of their 125th anniversary celebrations next year at the newly renovated Spotify Camp Nou.
It will give the chance for Lionel Messi to come back home and say goodbye to the Barcelona fans after his untimely departure from the club in 2021 on a Bosman transfer.
There are five key details that will highlight the friendly game, as suggested by Memorabilia on Twitter.
Chance to show off World Cup and Ballon d’Or
Since departing from Barcelona, Lionel Messi has won two Ballon d’Ors, one in 2021 after winning the Copa America with Argentina, and then again in 2023 after securing the prestigious World Cup in 2022.
Coming back home, it will be his chance to present all eight Ballon d’Ors at the Camp Nou along with the World Cup trophy.
Two birds with one stone
For Barcelona, hosting Lionel Messi will mark the end of an era, with Argentine finally bidding an overdue farwell to the fans who supported him for over a decade and a half. This is especially important for Barcelona, given the circumstances of his exit in 2021.
Further, it will also host the start of the new project, Espai Barça and the inauguration of the new Spotify Camp Nou.
One half each for Barcelona and Argentina
With both Argentina and Barcelona playing, it is likely that Messi will play one half each for Barcelona and Argentina. The report suggests that he will play the first half for Argentina, and the second for Barça.
Tifo for Leo
Barcelona will prepare a special tifo for Lionel Messi, much like how they did for Xavi in 2015 when the Spaniard played his final game for the club.
With the Spotify Camp Nou’s capacity set to increased to 120,000, the tifo will be bigger and better than the last one, as well.
Special 125th anniversary shirt
Barcelona are expected to get Nike to design a special 125th anniversary, with a patch, and possibly a unique design, like the El Clasico special kit from 2021 or the special fourth kits with the Senyera kits featuring red and yellow.