Argentine striker and captain of Barcelona, Lionel Messi, announced that he will stay with his Catalan club for the next season 2020/2021.
This came in an exclusive interview with the Goal Global site tonight, during which the player officially announced his future destination next season and decided to stay at FC Barcelona and not leave this summer after he officially expressed his desire to management last week that he did not want to continue with the team.
And Messi said: “I was not happy and really wanted to leave and I was not allowed to do so by the management, so I decided to stay so as not to enter into legal disputes with the club.”
Barcelona’s management and fans received the news with great happiness, especially after everyone was certain that Messi would be present with the team in the first round of the Spanish La Liga competition.
There had been no agreement when Messi’s father and Bartomeu met on Wednesday to discuss the player’s future, with Jorge Messi saying his son wanted to leave and Barcelona saying it would not facilitate his transfer.
“I’ll continue at Barcelona and my attitude won’t change, no matter how much I have wanted to go,” Messi said. “I told the club and the president that I wanted to go. I’ve been telling him all year. I thought my time in Barcelona was over, sadly — I always wanted to finish my career here.”
Messi had not made any public statements since the team’s 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals of the Champions League on Aug. 14. He said the defeat, one of the worst in his career, was not what made him decide to leave.
“It was a very difficult year, I suffered a lot in training, in games and in the dressing room,” Messi said. “I wanted a winning project and to win titles with the club to continue expanding the legend of Barcelona. The truth is that there has been no project or anything for a long time, they juggle and cover holes as things go by.”
Still, Messi said it wasn’t easy to decide to leave the club.
“When I communicated my wish to leave to my wife and children, it was a brutal drama,” he said. “The whole family began crying, my children did not want to leave Barcelona, ??nor did they want to change schools.”