LaLiga president Javier Tebas has said it would be good for both Lionel Messi and Barcelona if the Argentina captain plays for his former club again.

Messi, whose performances for Barca and Argentina won him seven Ballon d'Or awards, left after 21 years in August 2021 with the club struggling financially.

He joined Paris Saint-Germain as a free agent and since his departure, Barca have failed to advance from the Champions League group stages.

"I think that Messi is not only missed in La Liga, but he is also missed in football, because the French league is what it is, right?" Tebas said. "And that's that. I think that regardless of being at PSG, he is followed much less than when he was at Barcelona. Let's hope he has a great World Cup, because there we will all be able to see him again."

Earlier this year, Barca president Joan Laporta described the decision not to register Messi's contract as the "hardest he ever made" but said "he did not regret it because the club always comes first."