According to the Argentine, the club’s President, Josep Bartomeu, told him that the only way to leave was to pay compensation of €700 million.
Six-time Golden ball winner Lionel Messi of Argentina will remain at the Spanish soccer club Barcelona. The player stated this in an interview with the Goal portal.
Earlier, Spanish newspaper As reported that the 33-year-old Argentine intends to leave the team after a conversation with the new head coach Ronald Koeman. On August 27, Barcelona President Josep Bartomeu said he was ready to step down if Messi promised to stay at the club.
“I have been saying all year that I want to leave, and I was confident in this possibility. President (Josep Bartomeu) always replied that at the end of the season, I would be able to decide whether I will stay or not, but he did not keep his word,” Messi said. – Now they are clinging to the fact that I didn’t say it until June 10. Still, after that date, we decided to continue the Spanish championship during this terrible coronavirus, and this infection changed the whole season. That’s the reason I’m going to stay at the club. The President told me that the only way to leave is to pay a compensation of €700 million, and this is not possible.”
The Argentine said that despite his desire to finish his career at Barcelona, the painful defeats in the Champions League over the past three years had prompted him to think about leaving. “There was another way – to establish the truth in court, but I would never go to court against Barcelona, because this is the club I love, the club of my life, Barcelona gave me everything, and I gave it everything. I look further and want to compete at the highest level, win titles in the Champions League. At least to fight for it, and not to fail, as it was in Rome, Liverpool or Lisbon, all this made me think about leaving, ” Messi added.
The striker stressed that his family had a huge influence on his decision: “My whole family was crying, my children didn’t want to leave Barcelona and didn’t want to change schools. There is nothing wrong with wanting to leave; it was necessary for me, it was necessary for the club, and it was good for everyone. I was going to look for new goals and new tasks, but I will come back tomorrow because here in Barcelona, I have everything.”
“It was a tough year. I went through a lot in training, during games, and in the locker room. It’s not enough for us to win the Champions League. I don’t know what will happen now. There are a new coach and a new good idea. But we have to see how the team responds to the changes and whether it will allow us to compete, ” Messi concluded.