Lionel Messi insists he never wanted to leave Barcelona and join PSG

Lionel Messi: Inter Miami superstar takes swipe at PSG by claiming he never wanted to leave Barcelona and join the French club after bitter exit: ‘It was difficult in Paris’

  • Messi left Paris St-Germain on bad terms in the summer after irking supporters
  • But he is loving life in Miami after receiving an ‘extraordinary’ welcome in the US
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Lionel Messi insists he never wanted to leave Barcelona for Paris St-Germain following his acrimonious split with the French club this summer – while describing his move to Inter Miami as ‘quite the opposite’.

Messi sealed a mega-money switch to Miami last month after calling time on his turbulent stint in Paris, where he drew heavy criticism from supporters for not living up to his legendary standards in the wake of Argentina’s World Cup win.

In the final weeks of his time in the French capital, he was also briefly suspended by PSG for failing to show up to practice while on an unauthorized trip in Saudi Arabia with his family. 

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner therefore waved goodbye to Paris on a sour note before joining Miami, where he has hit the ground running by scoring nine goals in his first six matches.

And at his first press conference as an Inter player, Messi took a swipe at PSG by claiming he never wanted to join them from Barcelona in the first place, having been forced out of his boyhood club in 2021 due to its financial difficulties.   

Lionel Messi insists he never wanted to leave Barcelona and join PSG after his bitter Paris exit

Messi left Paris St-Germain on sour terms this summer after irking supporters at the club

The Argentine, who was forced out of Barcelona in 2021 due to its financial issues, has taken a swipe at his previous club by claiming he never wanted to join them in the first place

When asked how happy he is in Miami, Messi told reporters: ‘I am excited there will be another game to continue that happiness. I am very happy now, I said that from the very beginning.

‘I chose coming here to this city, it was a decision that we made with time. We didn’t make this decision overnight, and that’s why everything is much easier. We are in the place we want to be and it was our decision, that’s why everything is much easier.  

‘I didn’t want to leave [Barcelona] for PSG and that was [an] overnight [decision]. I wanted to stay in Barcelona, but I had to get used to a different place, a different place from the one I had lived in terms of the city. 

‘It was difficult in Paris, but it is quite the opposite what is going on with me here and now.’

Just one month into his time in Miami, Messi has the chance to deliver Inter’s first title in this weekend’s Leagues Cup final against Nashville.

The Argentine’s phenomenal form in front of goal has propelled his new team into the final, and he is desperate to provide its first ever taste of success.

‘It would be incredible for me, for the fans, for the club itself,’ Messi said on the prospect of winning the Leagues Cup.

‘The club is trying to grow, they are investing a lot in growing and trying to put together major changes to build a team that is a reference and wins titles. It would be impressive, awesome.  

Messi has hit the ground running since heading to Miami, scoring nine goals in six matches

He addressed reports in his very first press conference for the MLS club on Thursday

‘It’s beautiful how the Inter people come to the matches to support us. The stadium is always full when we play at home.

‘It’s a very young club, it was founded just three years ago, and getting the first title would be beautiful for everyone.’

Messi is loving life Stateside after signing for Miami, branding the welcome he has received in the country ‘extraordinary’.

Inter boss Tata Martino believes his marquee arrival has rediscovered his happiness, saying earlier this week: ‘You see it in the field; I don’t have to tell you, but he’s a lot calmer, much happier. 

‘Being happy also has to do with where he’s been.’

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