The seven-time best soccer player in the world ended the season in Paris St. Germain and discussed the possibility of returning to Barcelona, from where he came to Paris in August 2021. In the end, however, he preferred to work in the overseas MLS league.
“Barcelona president Joan Laporta understands and respects Messi’s decision to play in a less demanding competition, where he will not be under the same pressure and center of attention as in recent years,” said the club, which also wished Messi the best of luck in a statement.
Messi spent 17 successful years at Barcelona, during which he won ten titles and won the Champions League four times with the club. However, he was dissuaded from returning to Catalonia by the club’s difficult situation due to the financial fair play rules of the Spanish league.
Messi, who led Argentina to the title at last year’s World Cup in Qatar, has also been linked with a move to Saudi Arabia, home to his former arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo and current Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema.