Lionel Messi hints at Barcelona return after exit left ‘bitter taste’

'I was lucky to be in the best team in the world, the best club.'

Lionel Messi hints at Barcelona return after exit left ‘bitter taste’
67th Ballon D'Or Ceremony At Theatre Du Chatelet In Paris
Lionel Messi won an eighth Ballon D’Or on Monday night (Picture: Getty Images)

Lionel Messi would ‘like to change the way the story ended’ for him at Barcelona, as he hinted that he would return to the club at some point.

Messi won an eighth Ballon D’Or on Monday night after leading Argentina to the World Cup in Qatar, adding further weight to the argument that he is the greatest player in history.

He is now playing his football at Inter Miami in MLS, leaving Barcelona in disappointing circumstances in 2021 for Paris Saint-Germain.

Such were Barcelona’s financial troubles that they could not afford to give Messi a new contract and he left for PSG, but he says the situation still bothers him and he would like to return to the club where he made his name to put things right.

‘There was a bitter taste when I left and I don’t like that,’ he said. ‘I’d like to change the way the story ended.

‘I deserve to say goodbye to the people that gave me so much joy. If it happens I’ll be very happy to be there of course.’

On accepting his record-extending eighth Ballon D’Or, the 36-year-old hailed Barcelona as the greatest club in the world and the team at its peak as the best side the game has seen.

‘I was lucky to be in the best team in the world, the best club. The best team in history. That made it easier to win individual titles,’ he said.

‘I said the other day that Argentina was close to that team and they misunderstood me. Nobody doubts that Barxa was the best in history and it will be almost impossible to see something similar.’

Messi is not three clear of Cristiano Ronaldo for Ballon D’Or wins, with the Portuguese superstar on five, followed by Michel Platini, Johan Cruyff and Marco van Basten who have won the award three times.

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