Lionel Messi (36, Inter Miami), the “God of Soccer” who has exploded onto the American professional soccer scene with a six-game goal streak (nine goals), says his move to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) two years ago was “unplanned and unwanted”.
Speaking at an official press conference at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA, on Monday (June 18), Messi said: “From the first day I arrived in the United States, I was welcomed by the fans. The treatment of me has been incredible. I am grateful for this moment,” he said.
Messi, who made a “surprise” move to Inter Miami from PSG in June, was speaking to reporters for the first time since arriving in the United States last month.
The press conference was held ahead of Inter’s 2023 League Cup Final match against Nashville SC on Tuesday at 10 a.m. ET, and Messi fielded just 10 questions from more than 70 reporters.
On why he chose Inter Miami, Messi said: “I thought about a lot of things and decided with my family. I chose this because I want to continue playing soccer, which I have enjoyed all my life.”
Messi then recalled the moment he left his “home team” FC Barcelona (Spain) for PSG in 2021.
Having started his professional career with Barcelona, Messi made his first move to PSG two years ago.
However, Messi admits that “my move to PSG was not planned or wanted,” adding, “I didn’t want to leave Barcelona.”
At the time, Barcelona were struggling financially and unable to afford Messi’s high salary, so he agreed to take a pay cut, but ultimately joined PSG in a tearful farewell after Barcelona opted out of his contract.
“I can say that I am happy now, not only with the results on the pitch, but also with the daily life of my family,” Messi said of his arrival in the United States.
Messi, who was named on the shortlist for the 2022-2023 UEFA World Player of the Year alongside Kevin De Bruyne and Elling Holland (Manchester City), was disappointed to miss out on the Ballon d’Or last year.
When asked about the Ballon d’Or, he said: “On an individual level, it’s a beautiful award, 카지노사이트킴 but it’s never important to me. The team is more important.” “The biggest prize for me was winning the World Cup in Qatar 2022. I’m still enjoying this moment today,” he emphasized.