Messi to play in farewell match with Barcelona

Inter Miami managing owner, Jorge Mas plans to organise a friendly game against Barcelona so that Lionel Messi could bid farewell to his fans.

Mas told Marca that he is planning the match because Messi did not like the way he departed Barca so he wants to give him a chance to do the ‘goodbyes’ on more likeable terms.

Since the Argentina playmaker left the La Liga champions for Paris Saint-Germain in August 2021, there has been talks of a tribute match to honour him.

Mas said: “I gave [Messi] my commitment that I will do everything possible in the coming years so that he has the opportunity to say goodbye to his fans in Barcelona.

“Inter Miami will go [to Barcelona] or we will have some kind of match. Messi’s departure from Barcelona was not to his liking, he could not say goodbye to his club, which welcomed him as a child, and I think the circumstances were not what Lionel wanted.”

Meanwhile in another news…

Lionel Messi recently opened up on what influenced his decision to join Paris Saint-Germain after he left Barcelona.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner left the Spanish team in 2021 as a free agent, because of their financial issues. Following an emotional exit, Messi was then unveiled by the Ligue 1 champions.

The 35-year-old playmaker’s two-year stint at PSG has now come to an end and he is set to sign for Inter Miami in the Major League Soccer (MLS).

Messi said he opted for Paris Saint-Germain because his friends were there. After being signed by the French side, he teamed up with international teammates Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes.

“I came to Paris because I liked the club and had friends there, and a lot of people I knew from the national team. It seemed easier for me to adapt unlike anywhere else I could have gone and that’s why I decided to come to Paris,” Messi said.