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Lionel Messi Wants To Return To Barcelona As Soon As Possible After Retirement

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Lionel Messi Wants To Return To Barcelona As Soon As Possible After Retirement

Lionel Messi revealed that he wants to return to Barcelona after his retirement and take on the role of technical director.

Barça's all-time record goalscorer is keen on a reunion with his beloved club as soon as possible, and could return to Spain once his Paris Saint Germain contract ends in June 2023.

"What is almost confirmed is that we are going to live in Barcelona again and that our life will be there," the 34-year-old told Spanish outlet Sport in quotes published by reuters.com.

"It's what my wife wants and what I want. I don't know when my contract with PSG ends but we'll go back to Barcelona to live.

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"I always said that I would love to be able to help the club. I would love to be a technical director at some point. I don't know if it will be at Barcelona or not.

"If there is a possibility, I would like to contribute again because it's the club that I love and I would love for it to continue doing well, to continue growing and to continue being one of the best in the world."

PA: Lionel Messi joined Paris Saint Germain in the summer.
PA: Lionel Messi joined Paris Saint Germain in the summer.

Messi left the Camp Nou in August after two decades at the club and joined PSG on a free transfer - one of the biggest shocks of the summer window.

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He has made a slow start to life at the Parc des Princes by his own exceptionally high standards, and is yet to score his first Ligue 1 goal for the club.

The Argentine has had more success in the Champions League though after scoring twice in the 3-2 win against RB Leipzig and once in a 2-0 victory over Manchester City.

Messi limped off the pitch in PSG's 2-1 win over reigning champions Lille on Friday, but boss Mauricio Pochettino hopes to have him available for their Champions League clash away in Leipzig on Wednesday.

Topics: Barcelona, Ligue 1, Lionel Messi, Mauricio Pochettino, Paris Saint Germain, Camp Nou

James Hilsum
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