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Wednesday, 3 November 2021

Lionel Messi wants to return to Barcelona

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Lionel Messi says he wants to return to Barcelona as the club's sporting director in the future.


Messi, 34, left the Nou Camp in August after more than 20 years, moving to Paris St Germain.


Although he has not yet considered retiring, "I would like to be the sporting director at Barcelona at some point."


He added: "I don't know if it will be in Barcelona or elsewhere. If there is a chance, I would like to go back and contribute."


In an interview with Spanish newspaper Sport, the six time Ballon d'Or winner said: "I always say I want to help the team.


"If there is a possibility, I would like to contribute again because it is the club I want and I would like it to continue to be successful and develop, and to continue to be one of the best football clubs in the world."


He added: "This is what my wife wants and what I want. I don't know when my contract with PSG will expire but we will move to Barcelona. "


Messi scored 672 goals for Barcelona, ​​but left the club when his contract expired, due to the huge amount of debt owed to Barcelona, ​​which failed to renew the contract.


The word retirement is not on his agenda and he declined to say whether he will play after the World Cup in Qatar next winter, when he will turn 35.


"After everything that happened to me, I am following life slowly," said Messi. "I do not know what will happen after the World Cup.


Messi has dismissed rumors that he has refused to play for Barcelona on a free transfer, saying he has done everything possible to stay at the club.


"The truth of the matter is that as I explained when I left, I did everything possible to stay," he said.


They never asked me to play for free, they said I had reduced my salary by 50% and I did it without any problem.