Lionel Messi broke into tears in his final press conference at Camp Nou on Sunday, bidding farewell to FC Barcelona after 21 years.
The six-time Ballon d’Or expressed his sadness after being forced to cut short his time due to Laliga rules.
“This year we were going to stay, my family and I wanted to continue here, in our house,” Messi expressed . The Club on Friday announced the 34-year-old will no longer be a part of Barca as they have been unable to match the new deal due to “financial and structural obstacles”.
The Argentian legend became a free agent in June upon the expiration of his contract at Barca.
Messi has confirmed that a move to Paris Saint-Germain “is a possibility”.
“After 21 years I’m leaving with my three Catalan-Argentine kids. We’ve lived in this city, this is our home. I’m just really grateful for everything, all my teammates, everyone who has been by my side,” Messi told the small group at the press conference.
“I gave everything for this club from the first day I arrived to the last. I never imagined having to say goodbye as I didn’t think about it. What’s clear is I did everything possible, and they (Barca) couldn’t do it because of La Liga.
“A lot of things have been said about me, but on my behalf, we did everything I could because I wanted to stay. Last year I didn’t want to stay and I said it. This year I did and I couldn’t.
The move has become tragic news for football fans across the world. Messi is Barcelona’s all-time top-scorer with 672 goals to his name from 778 appearances across all competitions.
“I love this club. Without seeing the fans for over a year and a half has been very hard. If I had imagined it [his leaving speech] I would’ve imagined the Camp Nou full and being able to say goodbye properly.” he added, in grief stuck words.