Saturday, October 23

‘I thought everything was settled’

Lionel Messi breaks the silence on Barcelona's departure: 'I thought everything was fixed'

Paris Saint-Germain superstar Lionel Messi on Saturday provided insight into the process that ultimately culminated in his departure from Barcelona this summer.

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The name of Argentine international Messi, of course, took center stage in the media during the final weeks of the transfer period.

This came when the 34-year-old was forced to close the legendary chapter of his career at Barcelona, ​​in search of a new club.

Just hours after it was suggested that Messi was about to put pen to paper on a new contract at the Camp Nou, the Blaugrana issued a statement, confirming the departure of their best player in history:

The widespread talk followed immediately in the media, amid massive speculation about where Messi, a free agent for the first time in his career, was going to end up next.

Yet when all was said and done, even though players like Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United were inclined as possible landing spots, it came as no surprise when the six-time Ballon d’Or winner opted to bring his talents to France, with Paris Saint-Germain:

‘I thought everything was settled …’

Since then, the first weeks of his career in Paris have proven to be something of a mixed bag, as Messi has scored a solo goal in five appearances thus far.

And, as described above, this weekend, the 34-year-old, for the first time since he joined Neymar and co. at the Parc des Princes, he was drawn into the chain of events that finally led him to leave the Camp Nou in August.

Speaking during an interview with France Football, Messi admitted that he was fully determined to put pen to paper on a new contract with Barcelona, ​​only for his plans to “ shake up ” his long-standing plans:

From there, the legendary attacker admitted that, once he accepted the fact that he would have to look elsewhere to continue his career, a deal was reached with PSG “ pretty quickly ”:

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