Lionel Messi names preferred destination as star again discusses Barcelona exit

Lionel Messi has expressed a desire to one day play in the MLS as his Barcelona future continues to hang in the balance.

The Argentine was linked with the exit door last summer having stated his intention to quit the Spanish outfit.

Before staying put Messi was linked with PSG and Manchester City, the latter allowing him a chance to reunite with Pep Guardiola.

He can again seek pastures new in the summer and admits the opportunity of playing in America greatly appeals to him.

He told La Sexta: “I’ve always had the dream of playing in another league, in United States. Maybe it will happen, doesn’t have to be right away. Today I am just focused on these next six months.”

Lionel Messi is keen on a move to the MLS in the future

Several of football’s stars have spent some of their playing days in North America over the years.

Messi also admits he spent the entirety of last season telling then Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu that his days were up.

His frustration had been growing throughout the year and he made the uncharacteristic decision to go public with his grievances.

Many of his issues lied with the leadership of Bartomeu, who subsequently stepped down in October, and he wanted out.

Barcelona dug their heels in and retained their prized asset, at least for another 12 months.

Stars like Zlatan Ibrahimovic have had spells in the MLS

And Messi has confessed that he felt his time at the Nou Camp had come to a natural end and a new challenge was needed.

He told La Sexta: “I spent the whole year telling Bartomeu that I wanted to leave Barcelona. But the president always said ‘No’.

“The burofax was a way to make it official. I thought I had completed a cycle. I needed a change. I wanted to go, Barca cycle was over”

“Leaving for free last summer? I knew that if we went to court, we would have won. Not just one lawyer told me that, many did. But I didn’t want to leave Barca in that way…”

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