Riqui Puig Excited About His Football Future in Los Angeles After Disappointing Barcelona Exit

Riqui Puig Excited About His Football Future in Los Angeles After Disappointing Barcelona Exit

Byron Pillay
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:09 PM
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  • Riqui Puig is one of the few youngsters who agreed to leave Europe to play in Major League Soccer
  • Riqui Puig was considered the next big thing at FC Barcelona but failed to live up to the hype around him
  • New LA Galaxy signing Riqui Puig admitted that he was hurt by how his time with FC Barcelona came to an end

Riqui Puig is excited about his future at Los Angeles Galaxy in Major League Soccer (MLS).

The 23-year-old made the move to America from Barcelona during the current transfer window.

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Riqui Puig opened up about his excitement at joining Los Angeles Galaxy and his hurt at the way he had to leave F Barcelona. Image: @LAGalaxy
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While the MLS has a reputation for attracting European stars entering the latter parts of their careers, Puig is one of the young talented stars who has made the move to America.

Puig joined the Galaxy until 2025, although Barcelona has a buy-back option and a 50 per cent sell-on fee in his contract.

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While Puig is one of the few young players to join the MLS from Europe, he believes that trend will soon change, Daily Mail reported.

“This is a league for young players. Trust me, in the coming years you'll see more young players coming, he said.”

Many believed that the talented Spaniard was making a mistake by going from Spain to America, but Puig feels that it is a good opportunity for him, adding that he already feels at home.

While Barcelona felt like home as well, the last year didn’t go as planned for the youngster.

After breaking into the first team and failing to impress numerous managers, Puig was told by Xavi that he had no future at the club. He then had to move and opted to sign with the Galaxy.

As reported by Barca Universal, Puig said he was hurt by the club’s decisions, especially the one to drop him from the pre-season tour.

“I was in Barcelona while all of my teammates were in Los Angeles playing matches… To be honest that hurt me a lot,” he said.

With a new club and new chances to show Barcelona that they made a mistake, Puig is looking forward to the future. He is also expected to make his debut against Seattle Sounders on Friday (19 August).

Riqui Puig busted after leaked audio surfaces of him mocking Barcelona teammate Ferran Torres

Riqui Puig will be thankful that he is going to Major League Soccer soon.

The Barcelona youngster will be making the switch from Spain to America, as reports indicate that he has agreed to join LA Galaxy, and the move couldn’t have come at a better time.

Leaked audio clips have since done the rounds where Puig can be heard mocking Ferran Torres, SportBible reported.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.