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Soccer News of Thursday, 8 June 2023


Lionel Messi finally decides on next club, snubs Barcelona, Saudi Arabia

Lionel Messi will not be returning to Barca Lionel Messi will not be returning to Barca

Lionel Messi has decided to make a stunning move to Major League Soccer side Inter Miami CF following his departure from Paris Saint-Germain, the Argentine superstar announced Wednesday.

Messi made the announcement about his next club in an interview with Spanish publications Mundo Deportivo and Sport.

Speculations had surrounded the 2022 World Cup winner with a return to former club Barcelona as well as a possible move to Saudi Arabia club Al Hilal, but ultimately decided to join co-owner David Beckham’s Miami in MLS.

The seven times Ballon d’Or winner said, “I have made the decision that I am going to Miami. I still don’t have it agreed upon 100% and a few things are needed, but well, we decided to continue my path there,”

“After winning the World Cup and not being able to return to Barcelona, it was my turn to go to the league of the United States to live football in another way and to enjoy the day to day more. Obviously, with the same responsibility and desire to play well and do things well as always. But in a calmer way.”

“Money has never been an issue with me. We didn’t even discuss the contract with Barcelona! They sent me a proposal but was never an official, written and signed proposal”

“We never negotiated my salary. It wasn’t about money otherwise I was going to join Saudi”.

“I’d have loved a farewell like Iniesta, Busquets, Jordi Alba, Xavi… this is why I was very happy to hear the chants with my name by Barça fans at Camp Nou”.

“It was a strange feeling to hear Barça fans calling my name but then… I wasn’t there”.