Lionel Messi said goodbye this Sunday morning to Barcelona after 17 seasons with an emotional press conference in the Camp Nou auditorium. Here are his most prominent phrases.
Messi and the feelings of the farewell
“In these days, in this last day, I was thinking, thinking about what I was going to say, what I could say. The truth is that nothing came out, I was blocked as I still am now. This is very difficult for me, after so many years, of doing all my life here, I was not prepared. “
The learned values
“I grew up with the values of this club, I always tried to handle myself with humility, respect and I did so with everyone in this house, I hope that is what remains of me apart from the luck I had to live and give many things to the club. I went through a lot of beautiful things, also bad, but all that made me grow, continue to improve and be the person I am today. I always gave my all for this club, for this shirt, from the first day I arrived to the last and the truth is that I’m leaving more than satisfied “.
The intention to continue in Barcelona
“I did do everything possible to continue. Laporta said that it was not possible due to a League issue. I heard many things that were said about me. I did everything possible to stay, it was what I wanted. This year I have done everything. possible to stay and it was not possible. I think Laporta already said it. Everything was arranged, but because of the La Liga issue it could not be done. There is no more than that. “
About the negotiation
“I had lowered 50% of my file and later nothing more was asked of me. What they said after they asked me for 30% more discount is a lie. That is not true.”
The unwanted farewell
“I would have liked to say goodbye in a different way. I never imagined my farewell, because I did not think about it, but I think I would not have imagined it this way. I would have liked to do it with people, in the field, to be able to hear one last ovation from them, a last darling. I missed you so much during all this time of the pandemic in which we could not play with the public. “
“Without a doubt it is the most difficult moment of my career. I have had many defeats, but the next day you go back to training and have revenge, but now it is something else, it is the end in this club. I did not want to leave and that’s why the sadness “.
The desire to return
“I hope I can return at some point to be part of this club in whatever way, I hope I can contribute something so that this club continues to give it its best and continues to be the best in the world.”
The pending account
I still have the thorn of not having achieved another Champions League, but this is football, I had to win other things. I don’t regret anything, we gave our best. But it is true that I had that thorn. One of my goals is to win it again and finish my career with the maximum possible titles. I want to catch up with Dani Alves (in titles) “.
The future and PSG
“(PSG) It is a possibility, but today I have nothing arranged with anyone. When the statement came out I had several calls from interested clubs. There is still nothing closed, but we are talking.”
The photo with Neymar, Di María and Paredes
“It was bullshit. I had talked to Say Maria and Paredes to find us in Ibiza. Ney also called me and told me he was in Ibiza. I told them to come to my house and we all ate and took a photo, nothing more. They told me to go to Paris, but it was a coincidence. It was given a lot of importance, there is nothing strange. It was just a photo of friends, which we shared on vacation. “