Inter Miami wants to set up a friendly match against Barcelona so that Lionel Messi can have a “proper farewell” with the team he played for previously before joining Inter Miami.
Messi was a player with Barcelona for 17 years, from 2004 until 2021, during which time he made over 700 appearances for the team, scored over 650 goals, and won a myriad of trophies. During his time with Barcelona, Messi won a multitude of titles. Messi announced his retirement in 2021.
The forward, who is now 36 years old and has won 10 LaLiga titles, four Champions Leagues, and seven Copa del Reys while playing for Barcelona. During his stint with the club, he has won seven Copa del Reys. Additionally, he was a member of Barcelona at the time that he won six of his seven Ballon d’Or medals.
However, he left the club two years ago and was overcome with emotion when he said his goodbyes to his coworkers and friends. This was owing to the fact that the club was having financial difficulties that had nothing to do with the field of play, and they were no longer able to pay for his wage.
Jorge Mas, the owner of Inter Miami, has expressed his hope that his new star would be able to patch things up with the team he played for previously so that he may go out on a positive note. The desire was communicated to Major League Soccer.
Inter Miami owner Jorge Mas has expressed his desire to arrange a friendly between Inter Miami and Barcelona
He is keen to give new Miami signing Lionel Messi the chance to say a ‘proper goodbye’ to Barcelona
Messi was so moved by the news that he would be leaving Barcelona in 2021 owing to the club’s financial woes that he broke down in tears when he heard the news.
I really hope that Lionel Messi will have the opportunity to properly say his farewell. Mas observed that it was appropriate for him to receive his fitting send-off in such setting.
“I will do everything in my power to facilitate, and help him do that because he is deserving of that,” she said. “I will do everything in my power to facilitate, and help him do that,” you said. “I will do everything in my power.”
If the match is scheduled to take place in the Nou Camp, then it will need to be postponed until the field’s renovation is finished. This is due to the fact that beginning with the 2019 season, Barcelona’s home games will be played at the Olympic Stadium instead of Camp Nou.
After saying his goodbyes to Barca, Messi moved on to play for Paris Saint-Germain in France for the following two years. However, he was never able to establish a sense of belonging there and decided to leave earlier this year.
He was strongly linked with a return to Barcelona as well as the Saudi Pro League; however, he elected to relocate to the United States and join Miami instead. The Saudi Pro League was also a major contender for his services. The Saudi Pro League was one of the other potential leagues for him to play in.
He was linked with a return to Barca, where he enjoyed 17 years of success, when he left PSG earlier this transfer window
He instead opted to join Inter Miami, and has scored three goals in his first two games for the club
Messi’s father – and agent – Jorge Messi admitted during negotiations that he would have loved his son to have moved back to Spain.
‘Leo wants to return to Barcelona and I’d love to see him back to Barca,’ he said. ‘Barca move is an option for sure.’
But he ended up in North America and continues to excite fans of Inter after two impressive performances so far.
Messi netted a dramatic late free kick against Cruz Azul on his debut to give his side a 2-1 win before scoring a brace against Atlanta in a 4-0 win in his second game.