But things didn't go as organisers may have expected.
"I had incredible moments. My best wishes to all River fans. I'm leaving on good terms and happy with the way I was treated by fans," he said.
The news comes after the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) revealed the players list.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach delivers a speech via video during the opening ceremony of the World Winter Sports (Beijing) Expo 2020 in Beijing, capital of China, on Sept. 5, 2020. (Xinhua/Li Ming)
"The sport venues are almost completely finished. All the constructions are on time. The financing for these Games, and especially the private contributions from the Chinese business players, has been unprecedented," he said.
Barcelona insisted that he had to pay his 700-million-euro release clause.
BARCELONA, Sep.7 (Xinhua) -- Lionel Messi showed up at FC Barcelona's training field on Monday for the first time since the 33-year-old forward announced his intention to leave the club 11 days ago.
The 28-year-old was close to scoring a hat-trick in the 60th minute, only to see his one-on-one shot blocked by Jianye's goalkeeper Wu Yan.
Zuriko Davitashvili (R) of Georgia vies with Aleksandar Trajkovski of North Macedonia during the UEFA Nations League football match between Georgia and North Macedonia in Tbilisi, Georgia, Sept. 8, 2020. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. (Photo by Tamuna Kulumbegashvili/Xinhua)
International table tennis action has been suspended for half a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On October 12, Dragan Skocic's men will host Tajikistan in the Iranian capital Tehran.