Lionel Messi on Sunday confirmed he is leaving Barcelona, where he has played his entire career, leaving Barca fans in tears and shock. The Argentinian super footballer Messi, six times a Ballon d’Or winner, is currently out of contract since the end of June. Barca says they cannot afford to keep him, with Paris Saint-Germain widely expected to try to entice him to the Parc des Princes.
“This year, my family and I were convinced we were going to stay here, at home — this is what we wanted more than anything,” said a suited Messi as he struggled to contain his emotions. – Messi told
Last year he sought a release from his contract in frustration against poor showings in Europe by the club where he has won four Champions Leagues but ended up staying.
Barcelona, battling huge debts, had stated they were in agreement in principle with the player and his entourage on a new five-year deal on much-reduced fee.
The truth is I don’t know what to say,” said Messi, who signed for the Barca as a 13-year-old.
“After 21 years I am leaving with my three Catalan Argentine children,” said Messi, who won 10 league titles with the club.
Barca Looses Messi – Leaves Fans Sad
“I gave everything for this club from the first day that I arrived right to the last. I never imagined having to say goodbye.
“In recent days I have given lots of thought to what I can say and truth to tell I can’t think of anything.
“This is really difficult for me after so many years spent here — my entire life. I’m not ready for this,” he told a packed conference at the club as thousands of fans milled outside.