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Leonel Messi with his wife Antonella and children. He said that my children did not want to leave Barcelona and their school. They were against my decision. -File
- Leonel Messi said that when I told my wife and children about the decision to leave the club, everyone started crying
- Messi contracted with Barcelona in September 2000 at the age of 13 on a paper napkin.
Lionel Messi put an end to speculation about his leaving Barcelona on Friday. They will play for a year and this club. Messi did not want to fight a legal battle against Barcelona. So they took this decision.
Messi said that I was not happy, so wanted to leave the club. But I was not allowed to do so. I did not want to fight a legal battle. So I decided to stay a year. I can never go to court against Barcelona. I love this club. This club has given me everything. I made my life right here.
I didn’t want to be in the club: Messi
He further said that I felt that and I was sure that I was free to leave the club. The president always said that after the end of the season, I can take a decision to stay or leave the club. But now they are basing the fact that I did not ask to leave the club before 10 June.
‘Family did not want to leave Barcelona’
The 33-year-old Argentinian said that when I told my wife and children about the decision to leave Barcelona, the whole family started crying. My children did not want to leave Barcelona nor change their school.
There was talk between Messi’s father and the club director
Ever since Messi had decided to leave the club, he was trying to stop. In this connection two days ago, the club director Josep Maria Martomeau had a meeting with Messi’s father George for an hour and a half. During this time George had said that he could convince Messi to only play in the current season, but it is difficult till 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Club wants to increase contract by 2022
The next day of the meeting, Messi’s father returned to Argentina. During this, he told the media that Messi has found it difficult to stay in Barcelona. George had the same attitude during the meeting. The Barcelona director also proposed to extend the contract with Messi until the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
There was conflict between Messi and the club over the contract clause
George had said that he could convince his son to play only the current season. If he still wants to leave the club, the contract rule allows him to go free. However, the club and the Spanish tournament La Liga Management were in denial from the beginning. He said that Messi would have to pay 700 million euros (about 6 thousand crore rupees) if he broke the agreement.
Messi had sent a fax to the club informing them about their separation.
On August 15 last month, Barcelona’s Bayern Munich beat Barcelona 8–2 in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. This is the club’s biggest defeat ever. Messi then said that he had left the club. He considers himself a free agent. Last week, he had given this information to the club by sending a fax. After this, he did not even reach for test and training.
Messi signed with Barcelona at the age of 13
Messi contracted with Barcelona in September 2000 at the age of 13 on a paper napkin. He extended the contract with the club in 2017, which is scheduled to end in June 2021.
Made Barcelona 4 time Champions League champions
Messi has won 34 titles including 10 La Liga and 4 Champions League to Barcelona. Messi became the 7th player in the world to score 700 goals on 30 June. This includes 630 goals for the club and 70 goals for his country Argentina. The record of 805 goals is highest for Austrian Josef Bicken.