According to French daily L’Equipe, the Swedish international might make a travel once again into European waters. The French paper is reporting that the former Barcelona striker will be deciding in the next week whether he will accept an offer to play for Olympique Marseille during the transfer window. He will be their main acquisition for the French side for the second half of the football season. His experience and goal-scoring knack would also be eligible for UEFA Cup play as he is not cup-tied for this year. Marseille will be facing Dutch side FC Twente in the round of 32.
Larsson, 37, would also be a welcome sight in Ligue 1 play as his “future” club could use him as they are only six point behind the seven-time defending champs Lyon. This news comes as a relative shock to many as Larsson had stated in the past that he returned to Sweden in order to retire. The shock was greater especially after clubs like Manchester United and Barcelona were looking to give him extensions to contracts that they had with them as respective times in the past four years but he chose to go back home for a second stint with Helsingborgs.
Larsson began his career in 1989 with Högaborg and then moved to Helsingborgs in 1990. His play caught the attention of Feyenoord. In four years there, he scored 33 goals and the future seemed bright- but no one knew how bright it would. After a brilliant 1994 World Cup, Larsson went to Scottish side Rangers. His career would take a meteoric rise. While with the Hoops, he became one of the most prolific scorers in the game. His highest output was in 2000-01 where he would score a combined 44 goals that year, earning him the European Golden Boot.
He would move to Barcelona in 2004 and would win everything imagineable with a side that included players like Ronaldinho, Samuel, Eto’o, Ludovic Giuly, Deco, and a young boy named Lionel Messi. In his two years with the blaugrana he won two league titles, a Spanish Super Cup, and a Champions League trophy. Larsson would return to Helsingborgs, with a loan spell to Manchester United sandwiched in the middle.