Lionel Messi confirms that he stays at Barcelona
Lionel Messi confirms that he will stay at Barcelona for the upcoming season in an interview given to Goal.
"I wasn't happy and I wanted to leave. I have not been allowed this in any way and I will stay at the club so as not to get into a legal dispute. The management of the club led by Bartomeu is a disaster", he said to Goal. Messi is staying as he doesn't want to start a legal war with his beloved club. Messi said that he has been saying to the Club president that he wanted to leave for the past 12 months. Messi was also critical about the club's management. "The truth is that there is no project at this club. They just plug holes as and when things happen. I would never go for a war against the club of my life. That's why I am staying", says Messi.
Messi said that Club president Bartomeu didn't kept his word. Bartomeu initially told Messi that it's his decision to leave or stay. But in the end, Bartomeu changed his mind that the only way to leave was to pay 700 million release clause.
Lionel Messi is one of the all time greatest in the history of football. The Argentine forward has played his entire professional career at Barcelona. He is considered to be the greatest player in the history of FC Barcelona.
Messi has won a club-record of 33 trophies, including ten La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League titles and six Copas del Rey's with Barcelona. Messi holds the records for most goals in La Liga (444), most goals in a single La Liga and European league season (50), most hat-tricks in La Liga (36), most hat-tricks in the UEFA Champions League (8), most assists in La Liga (183) and most assists in a single La Liga and European league season (21).