Emotionally, Messi admits he’s not ready to leave Barcelona

Struggling with his emotions, Lionel Messi in his farewell from Barcelona on Sunday (8/8) said he was not ready to leave the club.

Messi started crying before even starting to speak during his farewell ceremony at the Camp Nou Stadium.

“It’s very hard for me, after all these years, after my whole life at this club,” he said, “I wasn’t ready.”

Messi called his unexpected resignation from the club the “most difficult” time of his career.

His family and several members of his team accompanied him at the Camp Nou during the farewell.

Lionel Messi cries inside "farewell"in Barcelona, ​​Sunday (8/8).

Lionel Messi cries during his “farewell” in Barcelona, ​​Sunday (8/8).

Messi avoided speaking specifically about his future, saying he received offers from several clubs following the announcement that he would be leaving the Catalan club.

Barcelona last Thursday (5/8) announced that they could not keep their best player because they were unable to fulfill a new contract with the Spanish league’s “financial fair-play” rules. The club’s salary cap has been cut significantly due to its huge debt. Barcelona president Joan Laporta credits the club’s strenuous efforts to survive the pandemic – particularly during Josep Bartomeu’s previous reign – as the cause.

Messi requested that he only leave the club at the end of the 2019-20 season but his request was rejected by Barmomeu. The Argentine star agreed to stay and reach a new deal with Barcelona, ​​but the club was unable to fulfill its obligations due to a very difficult financial situation.

Messi has spent nearly 20 years at the Catalan club after arriving from Argentina as a teenager to play in the club’s youth team. He made his first team debut in 2004 when he was just 17 years old, and went on to play 17 seasons with the first team. He helped the club win four Champions Leagues, ten La Liga, seven Copa del Ray and eight Spanish Super Cups.

Messi is listed as Barcelona’s all-time top scorer, with 672 goals. He played in 778 games with the club and set a record. Messi is also the top scorer in the Spanish League with 474 goals in 520 matches.

Messi has led the Spanish League in scoring in eight seasons and is the top scorer in the Champions League, six times. His 26th goal came when Barcelona played Real Madrid in a “clasico” match with their toughest rivals. [em/ka]

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