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·10 June 2023

Lionel Messi describes PSG stay as difficult and unenjoyable

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Speaking to Mundo Deportivo, Lionel Messi (35) has opened up about his two-year stay at Paris Saint-Germain, which he did not frame in a positive light.

Messi announced earlier this week that he will join Inter Miami upon the expiry of his PSG contract. The Argentinian joined Les Parisiens from Barcelona back in the summer of 2021, and after a difficult first season, registered 16 goals and 16 assists in his second Ligue 1 campaign. His contribution helped PSG win the league, although the club are no closer to achieving their major objective, which is to win the Champions League.

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Messi’s fate at the Parc des Princes was seemingly sealed when he made an unsanctioned trip to Saudi Arabia. Whilst La Pulga was reintegrated into the first team after a period of suspension, the club’s decision not to extend his contract was already made, and was made official ahead of the final game of the season against Clermont Foot.

In an interview, during which he confirmed his move to Inter Miami, Messi opened up on his time in Paris. “I have mixed feelings [from my time in Paris. The truth is that the first year was very difficult, as I have already, for different reasons. The second year, the first six months I felt very, very good, very comfortable at the club, in the city, with my family. In the middle, there was the World Cup and I think that impacted all the teams in general. It marked the season a bit. I think it really conditioned the season. I expected it to end differently, but it was two years, which, in general, were difficult for me. But they are behind me.”

Messi added, “These were two years in which I was not happy. I did not enjoy myself, and that affected my family life.” During his final games at the Parc des Princes, and even during the trophy celebrations, Messi was booed by the PSG fans.

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