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Lionel Messi had to ‘rebuild his life’ after Barcelona exit

Lionel Messi had to ‘rebuild his life’ after Barcelona exit

Lionel Messi had to “rebuild his life” after leaving Barcelona.

The football legend sensationally left Barca for PSG in 2021 but admits that the move was challenging as he had not planned his exit from the club he represented since he was a teenager.

He told the ‘Big Time’ podcast: “The change was difficult when I went to PSG, because I was doing very well in Barcelona and I planned to stay there. I was not prepared to leave, everything happened very quickly, I had to rebuild my life from one day to the next.

“I got to know another league, another club, a new locker room. It was a change that we were not looking for and that is why it was difficult at first.”

Messi is regarded as one of Barcelona's greatest ever players but admits that he was homesick when he arrived at the club from his native Argentina when he was only 13 years of age.

He explained: “For me it was difficult when I arrived in Barcelona. I was a child and I had to adapt to new friends, new country, new city, new people, new school.

“It was difficult for me at first, but I thought I was doing what I wanted, playing football, in a great team like Barcelona and that made me able to move forward, it was impressive and I enjoyed it a lot.

“They have always treated me very well in Barcelona, I am grateful to them.”

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