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Messi: I'd like to play in MLS & experience life in USA

Lionel Messi has hinted at a future move to the MLS as he opened up on his protracted stand-off with Barcelona over the summer.

The Argentinian looked certain to depart the La Liga giants after informing the club last August that he wanted to leave, insisting a clause in his contract allowed him to do so on a free transfer.

In the end he stayed, but in an in-depth interview with Spanish TV channel La Sexta, Messi admitted he would be open to a switch to America at some point in his career.

Manchester City had been heavily linked with a move for Messi, who remains in contact with his old boss Pep Guardiola.

On the breakdown of his relationship with the Barcelona hierarchy, Messi added: "It was a manner of making a point and expressing my feelings.

The multiple Ballon d'Or winner also suggested that coaching is not among his ambitions once he retires, but would like to remain involved in football in another capacity.

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