During the early part of 2023, Lionel Messi’s future caused a lot of speculation. The 36-year-old player is expected to leave Paris Saint-Germain when his contract there expires and is preparing to choose his next stop.
Finally, Messi joined MLS team Inter Miami. Here, he made a great impact. However, Leo admitted to TIME magazine that coming to America was not the first choice.Messi said: “The truth is that I had some interesting options on the table and I had to analyze and think about them, even consider them with my family before making the final decision to go to Miami.
My first choice was to return to Barcelona but that was not possible. I tried to go back and it didn’t happen.
It is also true that after that I thought a lot about going to the Saudi Arabian National League, where I know the country and they have created a very strong league, which can become an important league in the near future. .
Ultimately, it’s Saudi Arabia or MLS, and I find both options very interesting.”
Barcelona strongly pushed to re-sign Messi, but financial difficulties caused the deal to fail.