“I never thought I’d have to say goodbye here. Because I never thought that I would have to go. And now that day is here. It’s over.”
Lionel Messi (34) on Sunday at his farewell press conference from FC Barcelona.
After 21 (!) Years, the world star leaves the club that calls itself “more than a club”.
Even before his first words, Messi cries. However, his tears indicate a clear direction: it will very likely continue for him at Paris Saint-Germain. The transfer-free move should be made clear in the next few days.
On the way to the podium inside the Camp Nou stadium, he receives a handkerchief from the side to dry his tears. Messi struggles to maintain his composure.
Pain or show? The Spaniards take his feelings away.
“Marca” writes: “It breaks your heart.”
“El Mundo Deportivo”: “Messi burst into tears. But that could also be you when you see these pictures. “
Messi: “I’ve been here my whole life, I’m not ready for it. It’s the club I love. My family and I thought we would stay at home here. That’s all we wanted. This is our home here. ”It was the most difficult moment in his career. But today he has to say goodbye.
Reactions from the journalists: standing ovations and applause lasting several minutes.
In tears, Messi adds: “I would have liked to have said goodbye differently. I would have liked to have done it on the lawn, with people. Hear one last applause. “
The reason for the failed contract extension is the upper salary limit in the Spanish league, which Messi would have blown.
Barça President Joan Laporta (59) said in advance: “The current contracts mean that we have a huge salary chaos. That’s why we have no leeway. ”The club has almost 490 million euros in debt.
After 35 titles (4x Champions League, 10x champions, 7 cup wins) with the Spaniards, it’s over! Is La Pulga (in German: “The Flea”) jumping straight to France?
According to media reports, Messi is quick to sign with Paris St-Germain.
The “Telegraph” reports that the French offer Messi a salary of 40 million euros per season – for two years plus an option for another season.
According to the French sports newspaper “L’Équipe”, he should do the medical check on Monday.
The transfer could then be announced this Tuesday.
An indication of this: PSG is said to have reserved the Eiffel Tower that day. This was last the case four years ago. At that time, the 222 million change was communicated by Neymar.
Messi: “PSG is of course an option. But so far absolutely nothing has been confirmed. Nothing has been finalized yet, but of course we are talking about a lot of things. “
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