Lionel Messi says goodbye to Barcelona after 21 years: “I did not wish to go away this membership, it is the membership l love”; PSG are providing Messi a two-year deal value £25m a 12 months after tax with the choice of an additional 12 months however Messi insists “nothing is confirmed”.

An emotional Lionel Messi says he didn’t wish to go away Barcelona however {that a} transfer to Paris Saint-Germain will not be confirmed.

Messi was in tears as he acquired a standing ovation in his closing Barcelona press convention to announce the tip of his 21 years with the club.

Barcelona confirmed the six-time Ballon d’Or winner’s departure on Thursday night time, the identical day he returned to Catalonia following his post-Copa America vacation.

Messi had travelled to Barcelona anticipating to agree on the main points of the announcement of his new five-year deal, and he confirmed he provided to cut back his wages by 50 per cent.

“This 12 months, my household and I had been satisfied we had been going to remain at residence, that is what all of us needed greater than something,” stated Messi.

“We might all the time made this our personal, we had been at residence. We thought we’d be staying right here in Barcelona. However right now, we have now to say goodbye to all of this.”

Barcelona president Joan Laporta blamed Messi’s exit on the previous regime on the membership along with La Liga spending guidelines thwarting any hopes of the Argentinian staying in Catalonia.

“I did every part potential and the membership, Laporta, they could not do it due to La Liga,” stated Messi.

“I’ve heard issues stated about me, that I did not wish to proceed, however on my life, we did every part we might as a result of I needed to remain.

“Final 12 months, I did not wish to keep and I stated it; this 12 months, I needed to remain and we could not.”

He added: “I am not prepared for this. And honesty, with all of the nonsense with the burofax, I used to be satisfied of what I needed to say.

“We thought we’d be staying in Barcelona. The time we have now had right here has been wonderful.”

PSG are providing Messi a two-year deal value £25m a 12 months after tax with the choice of an additional 12 months and are assured the 34-year-old will signal.

Messi has spoken instantly with PSG head coach Mauricio Pochettino and his legal professionals are in Paris engaged on a deal.

However requested if a transfer to PSG will likely be his subsequent transfer, Messi stated: “That’s one chance, to achieve these heights.

“I’ve acquired nothing confirmed with anyone. I had a variety of calls, a variety of golf equipment. In the mean time, nothing is closed, however we’re speaking about a variety of issues.”


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