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Former Barcelona teammate Antoine Griezmann could join Messi in MLS

Antoine Griezmann

Former Barcelona teammate Antoine Griezmann has hinted at following Lionel Messi in the MLS, revealing that playing in America is a “dream of mine”. Messi and Griezmann played together for two seasons at the Camp Nou after the Frenchman joined from Atletico Madrid for £107 million. However, he only stayed at Barcelona for two seasons, with both him and Messi departing in 2021.

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Antoine Griezmann might join Messi in MLS “one day”

After his contract expired, Messi signed for Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer, while Griezmann returned to Atletico Madrid on loan. That move became permanent next year, when Griezmann signed a contract extension that will keep him at the club until 2026. Messi, meanwhile, spent only two seasons at PSG before joining David Beckham’s MLS outfit Inter Miami when his contract expired. Now Griezmann also wants to accompany Messi in America one day. Speaking during a press conference Griezmann said that:

“It’s a dream of mine,” Griezmann stated about a possible move to the MLS.

“I want the best possible conditions when I go there, but it’s definitely an objective for the future.”

Griezmann was instrumental in Atletico Madrid’s comeback in 2022-23. He netted 15 goals and 16 assists in LaLiga as Atletico came close to finishing ahead of Real Madrid for second place. Griezmann also reacted on Messi’s departure to the United States, saying,

“It’s great for the MLS to have Lionel Messi’s image and talent.”

La Pulga reflects on his decision to join Inter Miami

Messi rejected a world-record contract from Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal as well as a possible return to Barcelona to join Inter Miami. In an interview with BeinSports, Messi discussed the transfer, saying:

“I’ve achieved everything in football.There is nothing else left.”

Messi recently made it clear that he has no plans to play in Argentina’s World Cup campaign in 2026 and that individual awards are “no longer important” to him.

“Does the Ballon d’Or mean anything to me?”
“No, it’s not important to me anymore,” he replied.

“I’ve always said; the individual prizes are not what matters to me. The collective ones are the most important. The most important prize at the moment is the World Cup, the greatest prize for me [2022] was my last World Cup. I will see how things go, but in principle, no, I will not go to the next World Cup.”

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