His transfer in the summer from Barcelona to Paris Saint Germain caused a stir and controversy, however Lionel Messi he has certainly not forgotten Catalonia. And admitting that the move to the French capital was “a big change” in his life, he promises that one day he will return to live in Barcelona and probably among the Blaugrana, presumably with a managerial role. “We will return to live in Barcelona, our life will certainly be there. That’s what my wife wants and what I want too – assures the Argentine champion in an interview with the Spanish newspaper ‘Sport’ – I don’t know if it will be immediately after the deadline. of my contract in Paris, but we will return to live in Barcelona. I would like to be the sporting director sooner or later. I don’t know if he will be at Barcelona or not. Or if it will be some other way. But I have always said that I wish I could help the club where I might be useful, if there’s a chance. “
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“Nobody asked me to play for free in Barcelona”
Then the ‘Flea’ returns on the farewell to the Catalan club, which he left in tears in August, providing a version that contradicts the official narrative of his former club. “I tried everything to stay, it was what I wanted, but never at any time was I asked to play for free. I was asked to lower my salary by fifty percent and I did it without any problem. We were willing. to help the club more. My wish and that of my family was to stay in Barcelona, ”Messi insisted, proclaiming his love for Barça once more:” If there is a possibility I would like to be able to return again because it is a club that I love and I would like it to continue to be strong, to grow and to be one of the best in the world. “
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“Retired after the 2022 World Cup? I don’t think about it”
However, at the age of 34, the Argentina captain says he “does not think about retiring” after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and assures that he is living “for the day”. “No, honestly I don’t think about retirement. After what happened to me, I live day by day, year after year. I don’t know what will happen at the World Cup. Or after the World Cup. I don’t think about it. What should happen at that moment will happen.” says Messi, in the running for the Ballon d’Or, which will be awarded on November 30 at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, a prize he has already won six times. “If that happens, a seventh Ballon d’Or would be extraordinary, for what it would mean for me to win one more. A seventh would be crazy. Otherwise it doesn’t matter”, the Argentine champion’s judgment.
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“I want to win the Champions League again after so many years”
Messi, therefore, prefers to focus on the present and make an appointment on Wednesday for the match against Leipzig valid for the Champions League. A game for which he should be available, despite the exit at half-time of the Ligue 1 match against Lille played on Friday. On the other hand, his PSG is determined to triumph in the Europe that counts: “The team has a great squad and I want to keep winning – concluded Messi – I want to win the Champions League again after so many years”. Then maybe hang up your boots and go back to ‘his of him’ Barcelona, obviously never forgotten.