Lionel Messi has ended his 21 years association with Barcelona.
“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 team-mates, everyone who has been by my side”, Messi has said at the news conference.
Barcelona confirmed last week that they could not honor deal.
He said that he will always remember the first time he made his debut. “The time when I made my debut, that was my dream come true and everything that came later was amazing. I will always remember that moment where everything started.”
“I’ve had nothing confirmed with anyone. When the press release went out I had a lot of calls and we are talking about a lot of things.” Messi said. He said his blood ran cold when he was told that he would have to leave Barcelona and added that he is still trying to process it all.
He received a standing ovation as he finished giving his statement .
Reactions continue to trickle in for the Barca’s record scorer.
He said he will keep playing and move forward.
Watch the full press conference HERE.