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'It's My Home': Lionel Messi Confirms Barcelona Return

© AP Photo / Rafael YaghobzadehLionel Messi waves to Paris Saint-Germain supporters Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021 outside the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris
Lionel Messi waves to Paris Saint-Germain supporters Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021 outside the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris - Sputnik India, 1920, 03.02.2023
Messi made a tearful exit from Barcelona in 2021 after the Catalan giants failed to extend his contract due to a lack of funds.
Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi has confirmed that he will return to live in Barcelona after he retires from the sport in the next few years.
"When I finish my career, I will return to live in Barcelona, it's my home," Messi said in an interview with a Spanish outlet on Friday.
The Argentina superstar's remarks come amid continued speculation over a professional move back to the Camp Nou despite reports that he was in negotiations to extend his stay at the Parc des Princes for another season.
Messi's childhood association with the former Spanish and European champions came to an end after 21 years after a remarkable career that saw him score a world record 672 goals in 778 appearances for a single club.
Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring his side's first goal with a penalty shot during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Argentina and Croatia at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022. - Sputnik India, 1920, 02.02.2023
Messi Pips Ronaldo to Become Leading Scorer in Europe's Top-5 Leagues
La Pulga's illustrious career has seen an unprecedented uptick in recent months, with the legendary footballer helping end Argentina's 28-year wait for the FIFA World Cup trophy in Qatar in December.
This week, Messi added another feather to his burgeoning list of records, surpassing Cristiano Ronaldo to become the leading goal-scorer in all top five European leagues.
The Argentina superstar's feat came in Paris Saint-Germain's 3-1 victory over Montpellier on Wednesday, which also took them five points clear in the French league.
Playing his part in PSG's win, Messi scored the second goal which was also his 697th strike in the top-5 leagues of Europe, beating CR7 in the exclusive list.
Previously, Ronaldo held the record with 696 goals which he had netted during his career for Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus. Remarkably, Messi took 84 games less than the Funchal-born player to reach the landmark.