Lionel Messi says PSG move is a ‘possibility’ as he bids tearful farewell to Barcelona


It has been extensively reported that Messi has been supplied a two-year contract by PSG, although the 34-year-old Argentine stated no preparations had been made with the Parisian large, nor with any of the opposite golf equipment concerning his subsequent transfer.

PSG didn’t reply to CNN’s request for remark.

Talking at a media convention in Barcelona, a really emotional Messi entered the room to applause from these in attendance and delivered his ultimate speech as a Blaugrana participant, describing it as one of the troublesome moments of his profession.

“In lately, on this final day I’ve been considering … to see what I used to be going to say, what I may say,” stated Messi.

“The reality is that nothing got here out, I used to be blocked as I’m nonetheless now. It is rather troublesome for me after so a few years, after making my entire life right here. I used to be not ready for this.”

Lionel Messi is reduced to tears during his farewell press conference at the Camp Nou stadium.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner is leaving Barcelona, having arrived from Argentina on the age of 13.

“At present I’ve to say goodbye to this, as I stated earlier than, it was a few years, all my life right here. After 21 years I am going with my spouse and three Argentine Catalans. I can’t be prouder of all the pieces I did and lived on this metropolis, which I’ve little doubt that after being away for just a few years we’ll return as a result of it’s our residence, as a result of that’s how I promised my youngsters too,” Messi added.

Lionel "Leo" Messi reflects on his 21 years at Barcelona.

Messi is Barcelona’s all-time main goalscorer for the membership — discovering the online on 682 events — and has received quite a few main collective and particular person awards, together with 4 Champions League titles and 10 La Liga titles.

“I gave my all for this membership for this shirt, from the primary day I arrived to the final. And the reality is that I’m greater than glad. I might have appreciated to say goodbye otherwise. I by no means imagined my farewell this manner,” Messi stated.

He continued: “I might have appreciated to do it with folks, within the area, to have the ability to hear one final ovation from them, one final affection. I missed them so much throughout all this time of pandemic which we couldn’t play with the general public. I missed that having the ability to have them shut, the encouragement, celebrating a objective with them, allow them to name my identify.”

Fans gathered outside the Camp Nou stadium where Lionel Messi held his press conference in Barcelona.

Whereas each membership and Messi had reached an settlement over a brand new contract, Barcelona’s dire monetary scenario and La Liga’s Monetary Honest Play (FFP) rules meant it could not be signed.

On Friday, Barcelona President Joan Laporta stated “renewing Messi carried sure dangers […] however we can’t put the membership at larger threat,” Laporta instructed reporters.

“It’s important to put emotions apart, it’s a must to have a look at numbers with a chilly head. We needed La Liga to be extra versatile, however that is no excuse. We knew the principles and what we now have been left with from the earlier board makes all of it unattainable.

“The membership is above all the pieces, even the very best participant on the earth,” added Laporta.

Throughout Sunday’s Q&A session with the media, Messi was requested to touch upon the stress round his departure and if Barcelona had completed all the pieces inside their means to maintain their star participant for the upcoming season.

“What is obvious to me is that I did all the pieces that was attainable to remain, the membership, Laporta, stated that it was not attainable because of a La Liga situation, however I heard many issues that have been stated about me, about why I did not proceed, however I can guarantee you that I did all the pieces attainable to remain,” stated Messi.

“Final yr I did not wish to keep and I additionally stated so, however this yr I did wish to keep and it was not attainable,” added Messi.


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