Lionel Messi: Argentine 'would love' to return to Barcelona as a sporting director

Lionel Messi has yet to score in Ligue 1 at PSG this season
Lionel Messi said that he would like to be back in Barcelona as a sporting director.

After more than 20 years at the Nou Camp, Messi, now 34, decided to leave and join Paris St-Germain.

He isn't thinking about retiring yet but he would love to be a sports director some day.

He said, "I don’t know if that will be in Barcelona or something else." If I have the opportunity, I'd like to return and help.

The six-time Ballon d'Or winner, speaking to Spanish newspaper Sport, said: "I have always said that I would love the opportunity to help the club.

"If it is possible, I would like again to contribute because it's the club I love and would love for it continue to do well, grow, and be one of the top clubs in the world."

Messi said, "We will live in Barcelona again and have a good life."

It's what my wife wants, and it's what I want. My contract with PSG is ending, but I'm not sure when. We'll still go to Barcelona to live."

Messi scored 672 goals in Barcelona but was forced to leave after his contract expired due to mounting debts that made it impossible for the club afford a new deal.

Talk of retiring is not on his radar. He refused to rule out continuing playing beyond the Qatar World Cup next year, when he will turn 35.

He said, "After all that's happened to me, it's just day by day, year after year." "I don't know what will happen at the World Cup, or after it." It is not something I think about."

Messi dismissed all suggestions that he would not play for free and claimed that he did everything possible to stay at the club.

He said, "The truth is that, as I explained when my departure was, I did everything I could to stay."

"They never asked me to play for free at any time." They asked me to lower my salary by half and I accepted it without any problems."