Lionel Messi, the Argentine footballer, broke down in front of the media while discussing his departure from Barcelona, the club he had been with since he was 13 years old.
Messi, whose 21-year association with Barcelona ended recently, received a standing ovation as he announced his departure from the club for which he has played 778 games in all competitions.
“We’d always made it our own (Messi and his family). We were both at home. We had assumed that we would stay in Barcelona. But today, we must say farewell to all of this “Messi, who was overcome with emotion, stated.
The star footballer described how he tried everything to stay at Barcelona, including accepting a 50% pay cut.
Messi, who stated that he could not imagine leaving the club in this manner, promised to return to LaLiga and help the club become the best in the world.
The Argentine superstar has won the coveted Ballon d’Or award six times in his career, as well as ten league titles for Barcelona.
Messi is rumoured to be on his way to French club Paris Saint-Germain on a two-year contract worth Rs 257 crore after tax. Messi, on the other hand, has yet to confirm his move to PSG.