There are every mercato transfer rumors surrounding Lionel Messi. The Argentinian star player has been playing for Inter Miami since last summer. FC Barcelona fans hope that he will end his career there. Messi gave them a very clear answer.
Last summer Messi seemed to be on his way to FC Barcelona, but no agreement was reached. He moved to Inter Miami. The Argentinian will not play in the coming months, because Miami did not qualify for the play-offs. Result: Messi was linked with a few months’ loan to Barça during the winter mercato.
No return to FC Barcelona
However, the 36-year-old Ballon d’Or winner has disappointed Barça fans. “Back to Barça? No, not a chance. Not at all. I could have returned to Barcelona, but it didn’t happen,” he said. L’Equipe.
“It was actually the same as when I left in 2021. I thought about my life there, about the possibility of retiring there as I always wanted… But it wasn’t possible,” Messi said. It is clear that something has broken between Messi and chairman Laporta.
Messi says goodbye to Europe
The ex-PSG player therefore moved to Inter Miami. However, he had many other offers. “I had many offers, including from several clubs in Europe and Saudi Arabia. We ultimately chose Miami and we are happy with that. I don’t expect to ever play in Europe again.”
Messi played in Europe for FC Barcelona and PSG. He played a total of 853 matches for them. He scored no fewer than 704 goals and also handed out 338 assists.