Barcelona star, Lionel Messi, on Tuesday held a press conference to bid farewell to the club, after 18 years of professional football for the Spanish team.
Earlier this week, it was announced by Clubs president, Joseph, that due to La Liga rules, they won’t be able to extend the contract of their best player, even after reaching agreements with the player.
The conference held at the club, had the presence of top dignitaries, his wife and children, coaches and players.
Lionel Messi said:
“The truth is that I can’t think of anything what to say. This is so difficult for me. I’ve been here my entire life, I am not ready for this. My family and I were convinced we were going to stay here, that we were going to remain at home.”
“I am extremely grateful for this club. For my teammates, for my former teammates, for everything.. everything.. everything.. I have so much respect for this club. Beautiful things have happened here. At this club I have become the person that I am today.”
“I want to say it again. I am so grateful for the love that people have shown me here. I recognize your love, which I feel for you as well.”
“I did everything possible to stay here, so did Laporta I have heard people say that I did not want to continue, but I did everything in my power to stay.”
“It’s going to be a difficult change, especially for my family. They thought they were going to stay in this city. But I know we are going to be okay. We take it on, and we have to move forward.”
The Argentine player also confirmed ongoing negotiations with Ligue 1 club, PSG.
“PSG is one possibility. But I can not confirm anything to you. Right now, nothing is closed. But we are talking about a lot of things.”
“I am not coming back to train, I am not coming back to the pitch, I am not coming back. This is the end at this club. And yes, this is the most difficult moment of my career.”
It was a very emotional farewell message from the star player as it ends his career of over 18 years with Barcelona.