World’s Best Footballer Swaps Europe For The U.S.

Lionel Messi chose to join Inter Miami in part due to the desire for a quieter life.

That is the view of former Manchester City and Brazil midfielder Elano, who believes Messi made a “personal,” not “professional” choice by electing to move to MLS.

Messi confirmed last week that he had decided to leave Europe for the United States, where he will join Miami, which is co-owned by David Beckham.

After two years in the French capital, he is departing Paris Saint-Germain as a free agent. Barcelona wanted to re-sign the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, but Messi did not wish to wait for his former club to assemble a package that might have resulted in other players being sold.

Asked by Stats Perform what he thought of Messi’s impending MLS switch, Elano said: “Well, I’m not Messi’s friend; I don’t know him. It’s an assumption from a distance.

“It seems more like a family matter to me. The guy wants to play football but wants to have a quieter life. To be closer to his kids.

“I’m not saying he doesn’t want to be under pressure, because he is Messi, and he will never stop being under pressure wherever he is. Because he will always be Messi, one of the greatest players of all time.

“I think it’s a personal choice, a family choice, to go to a wonderful place and be able to live there with your family. To have a life project. I don’t condemn it.

“He has always done well for football where he has been and it will be no different in the United States. He will do well for his club and for the league. I think it was a more personal choice than a professional one.”

Messi is joining a Miami team that currently sits at the bottom of the Eastern Conference. The Herons parted company with Phil Neville earlier in June.

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 Edited by Jesus Chan

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