Lionel Messi, in interviews with Spanish media on Wednesday, confirmed that he will be joining Major League Soccer team Inter Miami. The Argentine forward, aged 35, made the decision to choose the United States as his next destination, foregoing the possibility of reuniting with Barcelona or pursuing a lucrative deal to play in Saudi Arabia.
After spending the last two seasons at Paris Saint-Germain, Messi played his final game for the club on Saturday, marking the end of his tenure there after moving from Barcelona in 2021, where he had spent the majority of his illustrious career.
“I’ve taken the decision that I am going to Miami, I don’t have (the deal) 100 percent sealed or maybe there’s something left to do, but we decided to continue our path there.
“(I decided) to leave Europe, it’s true that I had offers from another European team but I didn’t even think about it because in Europe, my idea was only to go to Barcelona.
“After winning the World Cup and not being able to go to Barca, it’s time to go to MLS to live football in a different way and enjoy my day-to-day life more.
“Obviously with the same responsibility and desire to win, and to do things well, but with more calm.”
Despite reports of his father, Jorge, meeting with Barcelona president Joan Laporte earlier in the week, Lionel Messi has made it clear that he did not wish to return to his former club. Addressing the rumors surrounding a potential Barcelona comeback, the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner expressed his initial excitement and desire to return. However, considering the circumstances of his departure and the uncertainty he faced, Messi did not want to find himself in a similar situation of uncertainty, relying on others to determine his future.
Expressing the need to make his own decisions and prioritize his own well-being and that of his family, Messi highlighted that although there were claims of LaLiga accepting his return and everything being in order, there were still other factors and actions that needed to be taken into account