Javier Zanetti's admission over Inter Milan's transfer move for Lionel Messi

Asia's Tech News Daily

For much of Lionel Messi’s career, it felt like he would never leave Barcelona.

However, as an exit began to look possible, Paris Saint-Germain wasn’t always the only destination suggested for the Argentine.

Messi, who won a record seventh Ballon d’Or in 2021, was also linked with the likes of Manchester City and Inter Milan when it began to look as though he could move away from Camp Nou.

Ultimately, though, Paris would be where he ended up, completing a summer 2021 move despite revealing “I did all that I could to stay [at Barcelona], because I wanted to stay.”

And Javier Zanetti, who played with Messi at international level before taking up a vice-president role at Inter, has spoken about the links between his club and his compatriot.

Can Messi lead PSG to Champions League glory? Have your say in the comments section

Javier Zanetti's admission over Inter Milan's transfer move for Lionel Messi
© AFP via Getty Images Messi broke down in tears when announcing he would be leaving Barcelona

Zanetti retired from international football in 2011 as Argentina’s most-capped player, with Javier Mascherano and Messi since overtaking his tally.

He represented Argentina at the 1998 and 2002 World Cups, and also played more than 600 Serie A games for Inter before moving upstairs after his retirement.

However, despite the presence of Zanetti and Messi’s Argentina teammate Lautaro Martinez at the San Siro, the former full-back has revealed the club was never a realistic destination for the superstar.

“The truth is that we have never been close to signing him,” Zanetti told ESPN (via Football Italia ).

“After the pandemic, the club was in a complicated situation from an economic point of view. Furthermore, no one thought that Leo could really leave Barcelona, it was a surprise for everyone.”

Messi’s PSG move brought to an end his 21-year association with Barcelona, after he joined the club as a teenager, though he has said he could eventually be open to a return to his “home” in some capacity.

“What’s almost confirmed and certain is that we’ll return to Barcelona to live and our lives will be there,” he said.

“That’s what my wife and I want. I don’t know what’ll happen when my PSG contract ends, but we’ll go back to live in Barcelona.

Javier Zanetti's admission over Inter Milan's transfer move for Lionel Messi
© REUTERS Messi hasn’t been able to hit his Barcelona heights at PSG

Messi has scored just four goals for Paris Saint-Germain since his summer move, but still won the 2021 Ballon d’Or based in part on his achievements with Barcelona and Argentina.

He finished as top scorer at the 2021 Copa America as Argentina won the tournament for the first time since 1993, and that was enough for him to pip Robert Lewandowski and Jorginho to the individual award at November’s ceremony in Paris.

“I’m happy for him, I met him recently in Paris and hugged him,” Zanetti said.

“He wanted this moment more than anyone else and he deserved it.”

Internet Explorer Channel Network
Asia's Tech News Daily
News Related


Iconic Australian Open commentator Jim Courier SLAMS Novak Djokovic for the damage he's done to the game of tennis

Tennis legend hit out at Novak Djokovic for coming to Australia in the first placeThe iconic Australian Open commentator said it was clear 'wires were crossed' But 51-year-old said he would have saved his own blushes by staying in Serbia'Everyone involved here has lost,' the US four-time Grand Slam winner said'It would have been so much better if Novak had never come here,' Courier said Read more »

Jodi Anasta's controversial ex-boyfriend Warren Ginsberg dating OnlyFans model and Hemmes houseguest Indi Thew

Jodi Anasta’s ex-boyfriend Warren Ginsberg has found love with eastern suburbs glamour model Indi Thew.  According to The Daily Telegraph, Ginsberg, a controversial Sydney socialite and Double Bay real estate ... Read more »

Showing him what his missing! Pip Edwards flaunts her sensational body in a bikini after eyebrow queen Kristin Fisher 'hooked up' with her ex Michael Clarke at a lavish New Year's Eve party

She is said to be ‘unhappy’ that her ex Michael Clarke ‘hooked up’ with celebrity eyebrow artist Kristin Fisher at a New Year’s Eve party two weeks ago. And Pip ... Read more »

Whitney Port reveals she tested positive for COVID-19 with husband Tim Rosenman and their four-year-old son Sonny

With the omicron variant of COVID-19 spreading rapidly throughout Los Angeles, another celeb, Whitney Port, reveals she has tested positive. The 36-year-old star of The Hills took to her Instagram ... Read more »

New clues raise hope missing nine-year-old Charlise Mutten is alive as detectives prepare to interview her mum, 31, and swoop on property after witnesses reported seeing car with 'no lights on' at 4.30am

Charlise Mutten was last seen on Thursday afternoon at a lavish wedding venueShe was reported missing early on Friday, and has now been gone for four daysPlain clothes child protection squad officers drove into the property on MondaySchoolgirl usually lives with her grandmother in Qld, but was visiting her mumHer devastated mother Kallista Mutton, 31, will be questioned by police Do you know more? Email charlotte.karp@mailonline.com Read more »

Video: ANOTHER large eruption hits Tonga volcano as fears grow for British charity worker, 50, who was swept away by Sunday's tsunami and hasn't been seen since - as NZ sends flight to assess damage in the remote island chain hit by 'once-a-millennium' blast 

Read more »

Napoli share sarcastic Tweet 'congratulating' Atalanta and Inter Milan on their 'entertaining' goalless draw after the result benefitted both sides in Serie A title race

Napoli 'congratulated' Atalanta and Inter Milan on their 'entertaining' 0-0 drawThe club's Twitter page shared the sarcastic post shortly after the final whistleThe results keeps Simeone Inzaghi's men two points clear at top of the tableIt also allowed Gian Piero Gasperini's men to move within two points of themSo, the Tweet that was published on Sunday was designed to be sarcastic   Read more »

Algeria 0-1 Equatorial Guinea: Riyad Mahrez and his superstar teammates faces shock exit after one of the biggest-ever AFCON upsets

Defending champions Algeria on the brink of a group-stage exit after shock lossEsteban Obiang slid in at the far post to convert a flick-on for Equatorial GuineaAlgeria must beat Ivory Coast in final game to have a chance of reaching last 16 Read more »

'To catch City is like climbing Everest': Pundits weigh in on Premier League title race after champions dismissed challengers Chelsea... but warn Pep Guardiola that 'Everest has been climbed before'

Ian Wright and Danny Murphy have weighed in on the Premier League title race Pundits admit that catching up to Manchester City 'is like climbing Everest' nowLiverpool are City's closest challengers following Chelsea's loss at the Etihad  However, Murphy warned Pep Guardiola that 'Everest has been climbed' before  Read more »

Video: 'Saskatchewan Screamer' storm cancels 2,700 flights across the US after dumping more than a foot of snow on Midwest and East Coast as temperatures plunge to 9F and 220,000 are left without power - while tornadoes leave hundreds homeless in Florida

Read more »

Atalanta 0-0 Inter Milan: Edin Dzeko denied by stunning save by goalkeeper Juan Musso as visitors miss the chance to go four points clear at the top in Serie A

Inter Milan saw their eight-match winning run come to an end on Sunday   Atalanta goalkeeper Juan Musso produced a spectacular save in the first halfInter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic produced two crucial saves after the break  Read more »

Tunisia 4-0 Mauritania: Wahbi Khazri brace means qualification from AFCON Group F will come down to the final group stage game

Former Sunderland striker Wahbi Khazri scored a brace in Tunisia's 4-0 victory Result means just one point separating first from third in AFCON Group FGoals from Hamza Mathlouthi and Seifeddine Jaziri rounded off the scoringDefeat means Mauritania crash out of the competition with no goals scored yet Read more »

Foodie reveals a little-known hack to get free Krispy Kreme doughnuts EVERY day of the week

A TikTok user has shared how to get free Krispy Kreme doughnutsMonique, from Sydney, said to look out for the red 'hot light' at each store The light indicates when fresh, hot doughnuts are being and given away The time the light is turned on varies from 5pm to 9:30pm every day   Read more »

Princeton scholar and former Iranian ambassador SMIRKS as he gloats over regime's threat to murder US special envoy over Trump-ordered killing of Soleimani: 'His wife can't sleep, she cries and trembles'

Hussein Mousavian, 65, said in a recent interview that Brian Hook and his family are terrified of the threats they've received from the current Iranian regime Hook, 53, was the Trump administration's special envoy for Iran from 2018 to 2020 He held the role when Trump administration decided to assassinate one of Iran's major generals, Qasem Soleimani, by air strike in January 2020 Iran vowed for revenge for Soleimani's murder, but anti-Iran activists have asked for Mousavian, a Princeton University professor, to resign after his comments Read more »

Property drought leaves each estate agency with just 12 houses to sell

The average estate agent branch has just 12 properties for sale amid a national drought of properties being put up for sale. © Provided by The Telegraph Weymouth is a ... Read more »

Estate agents only have a dozen homes for sale

The average estate agent branch has just 12 properties for sale amid a national drought of properties being put up for sale. © TMG Buying property – TMG Competition for ... Read more »

Kanye West thanks Travis Scott for sending him the address to daughter Chicago's birthday party... and says Kylie Jenner let him in after he was stopped by security

Kanye West appeared to be in good spirits after leaving his daughter Chicago’s fourth birthday party on Saturday.  On Sunday, TMZ posted a video in which the 44-year-old rapper was ... Read more »

Gay footballer who became the first professional player to come out in the WORLD reveals his extraordinary new side hustle - but it's not all good news

Adelaide United midfielder made history when he came out as gay in OctoberHas teamed up with fashion label Ralph Lauren and posed for GQ AustraliaSubjected to vile homophobic abuse from rival fans at an A-League matchHis club says he also received death threats, which police are investigatingJosh Cavallo says he's moved on from abuse and is looking towards future Read more »

'He was a beautiful soul': Earl of Lonsdale heir pays tribute to his artist son after his death aged 21

Member of one of England’s oldest families has taken his own life age just 21 Will Lowther, who studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, died last week Father is heir to the Earl of Lonsdale - prestigious title was first created in 1784For confidential support, call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch. See www.samaritans.org for details  Read more »

Students who were made to pay £9,000 tuition fees for Zoom lectures should revolt, Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi says

Nadhim Zahawi will encourage students to challenge Zoom learningMore than 100 universities will still rely on some online teaching this termHi intervention comes as students return to campus after their Christmas break  Read more »

Woolworths cuts off major meat supplier after union accused it of forcing abattoir employees to work while infected with Covid

Teys meat processing facility required staff to work while infected with Covid The union claims those who test positive must wear yellow hairnets to work  SA Health agreed to let a group of infected staff work to ensure food supply More than 140 people at the Teys Naracoorte facility have caught Covid On Monday, Woolworths suspended supply agreements with Teys  Read more »

Cutting self-isolation period will not fix country's sick pay problem – TUC

More than 250,000 workers were self-isolating last month without decent sick pay or any sick pay at all, a new study has suggested. © PA Wire Frances O’Grady said more ... Read more »

Recruitment in financial services hits pre-pandemic levels, report finds

Recruitment in the City of London’s financial district hit levels not seen since before the pandemic in the final three months of 2021, according to new data. © PA Wire ... Read more »

Boris Johnson faces ‘burning deadline' to keep energy bills down as prices set to soar

Boris Johnson’s government faces a “burning deadline” in the next three weeks to decide how to offset a massive rise in household energy bills, the head of an energy company ... Read more »

Tottenham 1-1 West Ham: Kate Longhurst scores injury-time goal

The battle for Champions League qualification took another twist on Sunday as West Ham scored an injury time goal to dent rivals Tottenham’s hopes of finishing third. Kate Longhurst, a lifelong ... Read more »

Lockdown has turned Britain to the drink: Millions of people are now drinking up to FIFTY units a week after alcohol consumption soared during pandemic, new research shows

8 million Brits are now drinking quantities of alcohol that puts them 'at risk'The figure has risen by 2 million since October 2019 according to expertsThe NHS recommends no more than 14 units of alcohol is consumed each week Read more »

John Bercow bites back at bullying probe as he faces Parliamentary ban after being found guilty of claims relating to his time as Speaker

John Bercow may face lifetime ban from Parliament after bullying investigation The former Speaker said he was found guilty in 21 out of 35 behaviour claims Some former colleagues alleged he threw a mobile phone and swore at officials Read more »

'We Muslims in America undeniably have an increasing anti-Semitism problem': Duke Professor says Texas synagogue terror attack should inspires Muslims to confront growing Jew-hatred and slams Ilhan Omar's 'all about the Benjamins' comment

Duke University Professor Abdullah T. Antepli is calling on fellow Muslims to confront the 'increasing anti-Semitism problem' within their communityHis remarks came in response to Saturday's Texas synagogue terror attack'We need to honestly discuss the increasing anti-Semitism within various Muslim communities,' he wroteAntepli said North American Muslims need to have the 'tough conversations' about the issue and leaders who further the problem He also took aim at Rep. Ilhan Omar for over past anti-Semitic commentary, including a comment she made in 2019 suggesting that Israel’s allies in American politics were 'all about the Benjamins'That was a reference to cash which was widely interpreted as an anti-Semitic trope, and which Omar later apologized for  Read more »

The £3,000 big squeeze: Household bills are set to soar by almost double last month's forecast as experts warn of 'Awful April' for families

Households facing £3,000 spending squeeze in 2022 due to rising inflationEconomists say inflation could hit a 30-year high - now dubbed ‘Awful April’ Chancellor Rishi Sunak is under increasing pressure to ease the swelling crisisNearly one in three households could soon struggle to afford to heat own homes  Read more »

2021 Player Profiles: Ashtone Morgan

© Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports From the first time I saw Ashtone Morgan in a preseason match in Arizona, I was excited to see what he could bring to Real ... Read more »

NBA Watch: Embiid Powers Sixers Past Celtics, 111-99

© Provided by Esquire Philippines PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Philadelphia 76ers played host to the Boston Celtics Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center in front of a sellout crowd ... Read more »

Video: Twinning! Cardi B dons matching outfits and wigs with younger sister Hennessy Carolina

Read more »

One in five try dentistry at home including pulling out their TEETH

Patients are resorting to ‘DIY dentistry’ and pulling out their own teeth because they cannot get to see an NHS dentist, a report reveals today. More than half of Britons ... Read more »

Australia news live update: reports of new eruption at Tonga volcano; rapid test price gouging to be referred to police; Covid hospital cases rise

LIVE – Updated at 00:33 Follow all the day’s news.   00:33 Back to Sims, and, asked specifically about the reports the federal government is taking rapid antigen test supply, ... Read more »

At-risk 12 to 15-years-olds eligible for booster doses from Monday

Clinically vulnerable 12 to 15-years-olds who are most at risk from coronavirus will be able to get their Covid booster jab from Monday. © PA Wire Boosters Around 500 children ... Read more »

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic calls out Australian authorities for their 'SHAMEFUL' treatment of Novak Djokovic and sends support to his Serbian compatriot

Matic criticised the Australian authorities for their treatment of Novak DjokovicHe was deported from Australia on Sunday night after 11 days of legal battling The Federal Court siding with Minister Hawke's decision to cancel Djokovic's visaThe United star described the authorities' treatment of Djokovic as 'shameful'His comments came after Aleksandar Vucic referred to the legal battle as torture Read more »

Chelsea 'in talks over loan deal for PSG left back Layvin Kurzawa' as Thomas Tuchel seeks to bolster his defensive options with Ben Chilwell out for the rest of the season

Layvin Kurzawa has played 153 games since joining from Monaco in 2015 But 29-year-old has fallen out of favour at PSG under Mauricio PochettinoChelsea turned to Kurzawa after failing to recall Emerson Palmieri from Lyon  Read more »

Inactives for Chiefs vs. Steelers, wild-card round

© Provided by Chiefs Wire https://embed.sendtonews.com/player4/embedcode.js?SC=fKkl2g7Tzs-1691151-7498&floatwidth=400&floatposition=bottom-right The Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers have released their lists of inactive players ahead of their wild-card round contest. Here are the inactive ... Read more »

Deebo Samuel's absurd TD run against the Cowboys was a thing of absolute beauty

© Provided by For The Win Deebo Samuel is the San Francisco 49ers’ Swiss Army Knife. The wide receiver has done a little bit of everything for the Niners this ... Read more »

Everyone's Saying Same Thing About Tony Romo Today

© Provided by The Spun Tony Romo on the sideline with a headset on. Back in 2016, the Dallas Cowboys stuck with rookie Dak Prescott at quarterback, rather than giving ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic