Lionel Messi has reportedly informed Barcelona that he’s decided not to return to them and he’s set to seal a transfer to MLS club Inter Miami instead.
This is according to journalist Miguel Rico, who has broken the news on Twitter this afternoon, as you can see below…
Messi ha comunicado al Barça que no vuelve. Jugará en el Inter de Miami
— Miguel Rico (@MigRico) June 7, 2023
It was recently confirmed that Messi was leaving Paris Saint-Germain at the end of his contract, but it seems we’re also about to see him bid farewell to European football as a whole.
It would have been the romantic outcome to see the Argentina international back at Barcelona, but it seems he’s now winding down his career with a big pay day in the US.
One imagines Messi will absolutely tear up the MLS, as he still looks one of the very finest players in the world on his day, even if things didn’t end that well for him at PSG.
The 35-year-old won the World Cup with Argentina at the end of last year, having a superb tournament in Qatar to firmly establish himself as surely the greatest footballer of all time.
Still, with Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo now both out of Europe, and with Zlatan Ibrahimovic retiring from playing a few days ago, it really feels like the end of an era.