Spanish giants Barcelona have reacted to the decision of Lionel Messi to snub the opportunity to return to Nou Camp.

The club on Wednesday night, released a statement after Messi confirmed he would be joining Inter Miami instead.

The LaLiga champions revealed that they presented a contract to the football icon, but the player decided to move to MLS.

The statement read: “On Monday, June 5, Jorge Messi, the player’s father and representative, informed Club President Joan Laporta of the player’s decision to join Inter Miami, despite having been presented with a proposal from Barça, in consideration of the desire of both FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi for him to once again wear blaugrana.

“President Laporta understood and respected Messi’s decision to want to compete in a league with fewer demands, further away from the spotlight and the pressure he has been subject to in recent years.

“Both Joan Laporta and Jorge Messi also agreed to work together to promote a proper tribute from Barça fans to honor a footballer who has been, is, and always will be beloved by Barça.”