WORLD EXCLUSIVE: From the destruction of his son to the betrayal of the president of Camp Nou, the Argentine explained everything about what happened with his attempt to leave
Lionel Messi revealed the sadness of his decision to leave Barcelona – and why he finally chose to stay with the club in a world exclusive to me Target.
The 33-year-old, who has spent 20 years at the Catalan club, dropped the news in Barcelona in late August that he intended to leave by free transfer.
However, Barca refused to acknowledge the breach in his contract, as they claimed that the time for use had passed in June, and thus began a stalemate in which the Argentina the international tried to find a way out.
However, Messi has accepted that he must stay at the Camp Nou to avoid dragging his favorite club to court, but only after experiencing a desperately sad few weeks.
“When I announced my desire to leave my wife and children, it was a brutal drama,” Messi told Goal.
“The whole family started crying, my children did not want to leave Barcelona, nor did they want to change schools.
“But I looked further and I want to compete at the highest level, to win titles, to compete in Champions League. You can win or lose, because it is very difficult, but you have to compete.
“At least we’s fighting for it and let it not collapse in Rome, Liverpool, Lisbon. All of this led me to think about this decision I wanted to execute. “
However, this ambition to accept a new challenge was thwarted by Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, whom Messi claims has given up on a promise he could make at the end of 2019-20.
“I thought and I was sure I was free to leave, the president always said that at the end of the season I could decide whether to stay or not,” he said.
“Now they cling to the fact that I did not say it before June 10, when it turns out that on June 10 we were fighting for The championship in the middle of this terrible Qur’an and this disease changed all season.
“And that is why I will continue at the club. Now I’m going to continue at the club because the president told me that the only way to leave was to pay the € 700 million (24 624 million / $ 823 million) clause, and that is impossible. “
There was only one way out for Messi to leave: to hand over Barcelona to court. But the six-time Ballon d’Or winner refuses to follow this path and will remain in the club for another 10 months.
“There was another way and it was to go to trial,” he added. “I would never go to court against Barca because it is the club I love, which has given me everything since I arrived.
“It is the club of my life, I have made my life here.
“Barca gave me everything and I gave them everything. I know it never crossed my mind to take Barça to court. “
Messi opened the scoring for the disappointing conversation he had with his son, Thiago, who did not want to leave, while congratulating his wife Antonella for standing by him throughout the reaction to his desire to leave the Barcelona.
“Mateo is still a little bit and does not understand what it means to go somewhere else and make your life a few years elsewhere,” he said.
“Thiago, he’s older. He heard something on TV and discovered something and asked.
“I did not want him to know anything about being forced to leave, live in a new school or make new friends.
He shouted at me and said “let’s not go”. I repeat that it was really difficult.
“It simply came to our notice then. It happened to me. It is very difficult to make a decision.
“I love Barcelona and I’re not going to find a better place than here. However, I have the right to decide. I was going to look for new goals and new challenges. And I could come back tomorrow, because here in Barcelona I have everything.
“My son, my family, grew up here and he is from here. There was nothing wrong with wanting to leave. I needed it, the club needed it and it was good for everyone.
“My wife, with all the pain of her soul, supported me and accompanied me.”
Messi will now prepare to start the season under new Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman as the club recovers from a formidable 2019-20 season in which they failed to win La Liga, the Champions League or reach the final. Copa del Rey.