It’s over. Leo Messi said his final goodbye to Barcelona.
The 21-year long career filled with trophies at the Catalan club has come to an end due to the financial problems that Barcelona has, and Messi will probably continue his career with PSG.
At Sunday’s press conference full of emotions, the Argentinian told his part of the story and put an end to one of the greatest chapters in football history.
Messi admitted that he wanted to leave last year, but that now that wasn’t the case and he has done everything to stay in Barcelona.
“My family and I were convinced we were going to stay here,” said Messi with tears in his eyes.
“This is the end with this club and now a new story will begin. Yes, it’s one of the most difficult moments for me. I don’t want to leave this club – it’s a club I love and this is a moment I didn’t expect.”
“Last year I wanted to leave, this year I wanted to stay. That’s why I’m so sad.”
“When I get home I will still feel bad; it will be even worse. I’m not ready for this.”
“I’m so grateful for the love that everyone’s shown me, for all my teammates, and the club being by my side,” he said. “Today I have to say goodbye to all this.”
“I arrived when I was very young, 13 years old, and after 21 years I am leaving with my wife and three Catalan-Argentine children.
“I cannot be more proud of everything I did and lived in this city. I have no doubt that, after a few years away, we will return because it is our home.”
Asked if he is definitely going to PSG, Messi said that it is one of the options.
“It is a possibility, but I have not agreed on anything with anyone,” he said. “I have got different clubs interested. Nothing is definitive but clearly we are talking to them.”