Lionel Messi announced that he is set to join Inter Miami in the MLS. He revealed that it was time for him to leave Europe.
The 7-time Ballon d’Or winner was widely linked with a move to Saudi Arabia, to join Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, or a return to FC Barcelona. However, after winning the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar with Argentina, he believes that his work in Europe is done.
“I made the decision that I’m going to go to Miami.” He revealed.
“I still haven’t closed it one hundred per cent. I’m missing some things, but we decided to continue on the path.
“If the Barcelona thing didn’t work out, I wanted to leave Europe, get out of the spotlight and think more for my family.
“I had offers from other European teams, but I didn’t even evaluate them because my idea was to go to Barcelona and, if that didn’t come about, then leaving European football after winning the World Cup was what I needed,
“Now I will close my career in this country and experiencing the MLS in a different way, enjoying the day-to-day much more – but with the same responsibility of wanting to win and always doing things well but with more peace of mind.
“I am also in a moment where I want to get out of focus a bit, think more about my family. I spent two years at a family level that was so bad that I didn’t enjoy it.
“I had the month that was spectacular for me for having won the World Cup but removing that was a difficult stage for me.” He explained.
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