Winner of his 8th Ballon d'Or on Monday, Lionel Messi gave France Football a long interview during which he looked back on his last months, the World Cup victory but also his departure from Paris SG, confirming that his first intention was to return to Barça.
“I could have actually returned to Barça, but it couldn't happen. When I had to leave the club (in 2021), it happened like that. There, it was a bit the same, even if the circumstances were different. My first idea was always to return home, to be able to play in Barcelona again and to retire there as I had always dreamed of. But it wasn't possible. So we made the decision to come here (to Inter Miami),” he explained.
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At the end of the interview, the Argentinian also agreed to talk about his mixed time in the capital: “In Paris, I spent two years during which many things happened, some good and others not so good. . But I have already mentioned this period several times, it now belongs to the past and I only remember the positive things: with the team, we won two Championships in a row, while the previous season another team had been champion (Lille, in 2021). Furthermore, I made very good friends in Paris and it was by playing there that I managed to become world champion.