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Messi opens up on choosing Inter Miami over Barcelona: “Happy with the decision”



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Former Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has said that he is prepared and eager to face new challenges at his new team Inter Miami, adding that he is truly happy with the decision he made, having chosen not to return to Catalonia this summer.

Back when it was established that Messi would not sign an extension with Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona began exploring the possibilities of getting him back. 

However, given the Blaugrana’s Financial Fair Play problems, they could not guarantee his registration, which forced Messi to join the Major League Soccer side Inter Miami instead.

Speaking on a television program Llave to Eternity, which is a series broadcast by Argentine Public Television, the World Cup winner spoke at length on various aspects, including his decision to sign for the MLS team and his take on the FIFA World Cup.

“Well, we are happy with the decision we made,” said the 36-year-old as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

“[I am] Prepared and eager to face the new challenge, the new change, my mentality and my head will not change and I will try where I have to be now to give the maximum for myself and for my new club and try to perform at the highest level,” he added.

Argentina ended their World Cup drought in Qatar last year, with Messi finishing the tournament with seven goals and three assists, with only Kylian Mbappe finishing ahead of him (eight goals and two assists).

Speaking about the secret of his side’s success, he said, “It is a very united group, very strong, in the face of adversity, he responded with greatness. We had come from 35 games without losing and we did not know how we were going to react after starting to lose. 

“There were many boys for whom it was their first World Cup, and I said that the first game was the most difficult, but this group showed that they didn’t care about anything and that they were very strong, but they still had to show it and they showed it against Arabia,” he explained.

The 36-year-old also explained that last year’s Copa America was the perfect tournament for the team to prepare for the world event.

“Then we grew in the game, after the Copa America, the team plays very well and knows what it has to do at every moment of the game. It is something fundamental to manage the games later as we intend to. Being confident of what we had to do made us strong,” he concluded.

“In general, but especially in Argentina, where I went through difficult times and was criticized a lot, I saw that there was a generation of boys who defended me to the death and fought to defend myself. And that for me is a beauty to leave them from some point. Thank you for all that love and that fight. It was a great satisfaction for them too.”

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