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ATLANTA, GEORGIA—Former FC Barcelona superstar Argentine striker Lionel Messi is open to the idea of re-joining his former team once his two-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain ends.
Speaking with Spanish outlet SPORT on Monday, Messi said he loves Barcelona, and if by chance he has the chance to return he will grab the opportunity.
“But what is almost certain is that we’re going to return to live in Barcelona and our life will be there,” Messi said.
“I have always said that I would love to help the club and be useful. I would love to be a sporting director at some point. I don’t know if it will be in Barcelona or not. Or if it will be something else.” Messi added.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi scored 672 goals in 778 games for Barcelona and won 34 major trophies during his 21 seasons in Catalonia.
In his formal introduction to the media as a member of PSG, Messi said leaving FCB was one of the toughest moments in his life.
Messi said that now that he had a new team with PSG he is very motivated to play and hopefully win championships with the soccer club.
“My exit from Barca was very tough, after so many years, but as soon as I arrived here I was so happy, so motivated, so excited. It has happened so fast, but I am enjoying it so much,” Messi said.
“My goal and my dream are to win the Champions League once more. I think that we have the team to do it here,” Messi added.
In signing his PSG contract, Messi is expected to earn between €30-35 million ($35-41m) net a year.
PSG was able to contact Messi on August 4 after his supposed five-year contract with Barca fell due to economic problems.

By bob

A veteran soccer journalist who is an avid fan of Atlanta United and Lionel Messi.

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