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'We still don't know the truth about Messi's exit,' claims scout who signed player for Barcelona

Arjun Singh Devgan
Messi moved to PSG from Barcelona last summer
Messi moved to PSG from Barcelona last summer / Sylvain Lefevre/GettyImages

Former player, coach, scout, sporting adviser and Johan Cruyff's assistant at Barcelona and the man who is widely credited with signing Lionel Messi for the club, Carles Rexach has opened up on the record seven-time Ballon d'Or award winner's departure from the Nou Camp.

Rexach who has been a huge figure in the history of the Barcelona in the recent past and is known as the man who famously travelled to Rosario to secure the signature of a young Messi on a restaurant napkin.

The former scout still laments the departure of the 34-year-old from the Catalan giants, revealing that we still don't know the real truth of the players departure from the club last summer.

"We still don't know the truth about Messi's exit and I'm sure it will come out in time. I would have liked him to retire at Barcelona. A man who was born here, I'd have liked him to retire playing seriously, properly... here," he told Super Radio Deportivo in Argentina.

"Messi should win the World Cup and retire. He deserves it."

The Spaniard also opened up on Messi's struggles at Paris Saint-Germain, believing that it is because that the club are a team of mercenaries and that the multitude of stars there lack a common identity.

"Messi is suffering at PSG, it's a team of mercenaries. They don't play beautiful or spectacular football or even as a team, they win because one day up pops Neymar, the next it's Messi, then [Kylian] Mbappe, and they get it done, but they don't have an identity as a team," he added.