Lionel Messi breaks down as he confirms Barcelona exit, says ‘never imagined’ leaving Barca

Argentine footballer, Lionel Messi’s future remains to be one of the biggest talking points in world football. On Sunday, as he arrived at a press conference to confirm his Barcelona exit, Messi was in tears. He also received a standing ovation as he explained how difficult a decision it was for him to leave the club where he had been playing since he was 13 years old.

“This is very difficult, I was not prepared for this. Last year I was convinced to leave, but this year we were, my family and I wanted to continue here, in our house,” Messi said.

“Today I have to say goodbye, I arrived very young at 13 years old, and after 21 years I am leaving with my wife and three children,” he added. Speaking further, Messi said: “I have no doubts after being away for several years, we will return because I promised my children.”

Messi’s contract with Barcelona recently came to an end after which it was reported that he will be signing a new contract with the club. However, that wasn’t the case and he has left Barcelona.


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