FC Barcelona recently released a statement regarding Lionel Messi’s move to MLS side Inter Miami. Messi’s return to the Camp Nou did not materialize but missed out on his signature, as the Argentine icon opted to join the Herons this summer.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta was spotted in a meeting with Lionel Messi’s father and agent Jorge on Monday (June 5). Many believed that the duo were discussing the 2022 FIFA World Cup winner’s return to the Blaugrana. However, the club’s statement appears to indicate that the meeting involved Jorge informing Laporta that Messi opted to join Inter Miami. The club said on their website:
“On Monday, June 5, Jorge Messi, the player’s father and representative, informed Club President Joan Laporta of the player’s decision to join Inter Miami, despite having been presented with a proposal from Barca, in consideration of the desire of both FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi for him to once again wear blaugrana.”
The statement goes on to reveal Laporta’s acceptance of Lionel Messi’s decision of playing in a less demanding league with less pressure:
“President Laporta understood and respected Messi’s decision to want to compete in a league with fewer demands, further away from the spotlight and the pressure he has been subject to in recent years.”
Laporta and Jorge have reached an agreement on the Blaugrana promoting a tribute for their legendary attacker. The statement concludes:
“Both Joan Laporta and Jorge Messi also agreed to work together to promote a proper tribute from Barca fans to honour a footballer who has been, is, and always will be beloved by Barca.”
Lionel Messi is set to leave PSG when his contract expires at the end of this month. He will join Inter Miami, having snubbed both Barca and Saudi giants Al Hilal. The Argentine became a Blaugrana icon during 16 seasons at the Camp Nou. He scored 672 goals and provided 303 assists in 778 games. However, it seems that the 35-year-old won’t be returning to the La Liga giants as he enters the twilight of his career.