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Speaking at a media convention in Barcelona, a very emotional Messi entered the room to applause from these in attendance and delivered his last speech as a Blaugrana participant, describing it as one of the crucial tough moments of his profession.
“In these days, in this last day I have been thinking … to see what I was going to say, what I could say,” mentioned Messi.
“The truth is that nothing came out, I was blocked as I am still now. It is very difficult for me after so many years, after making my whole life here. I was not prepared for this.”
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner is leaving Barcelona, having arrived from Argentina on the age of 13.
“Today I have to say goodbye to this, as I said before, it was many years, all my life here. After 21 years I’m going with my wife and three Argentine Catalans. I cannot be prouder of everything I did and lived in this city, which I have no doubt that after being away for a few years we will return because it is our home, because that is how I promised my children too,” Messi added.
Messi is Barcelona’s all-time main goalscorer for the membership — discovering the online on 682 events — and has received quite a few main collective and particular person awards, together with 4 Champions League titles and 10 La Liga titles.
“I gave my all for this club for this shirt, from the first day I arrived to the last. And the truth is that I am more than satisfied. I would have liked to say goodbye in a different way. I never imagined my farewell this way,” Messi mentioned.
He continued: “I would have liked to do it with people, in the field, to be able to hear one last ovation from them, one last affection. I missed them a lot during all this time of pandemic which we could not play with the public. I missed that being able to have them close, the encouragement, celebrating a goal with them, let them call my name.”
While each membership and Messi had reached an settlement over a new contract, Barcelona’s dire monetary state of affairs and La Liga’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) laws meant it could not be signed.
On Friday, Barcelona President Joan Laporta mentioned “renewing Messi carried certain risks […] but we cannot put the club at greater risk,” Laporta instructed reporters.
“You have to put feelings aside, you have to look at numbers with a cold head. We wanted La Liga to be more flexible, but this is no excuse. We knew the rules and what we have been left with from the previous board makes it all impossible.
“The membership is above every little thing, even one of the best participant on this planet,” added Laporta.
During Sunday’s Q&A session with the media, Messi was asked to comment on the tension around his departure and if Barcelona had done everything within their means to keep their star player for the upcoming season.
“What is clear to me is that I did every little thing that was potential to keep, the membership, Laporta, mentioned that it was not potential due to a La Liga challenge, however I heard many issues that had been mentioned about me, about why I did not proceed, however I can guarantee you that I did every little thing potential to keep,” said Messi.
“Last yr I did not need to keep and I additionally mentioned so, however this yr I did need to keep and it was not potential,” added Messi.