The reason why Messi nearly quit Barcelona

Messi says tax problems made him want to leave Barcelona

Not a few are afraid that the 32-year-old player will leave Barca in the near future.

"That was when I thought about leaving Barcelona, not because I wanted to leave the club but I wanted to leave Spain - I felt that I was being mistreated and I did not want to stay there".

Messi scored his first blueprint of the season in a 4-0 thrashing of Sevilla on Sunday, after two months nefarious by calf and thigh injuries.

The France worldwide said Messi's early season calf injury and the fact neither player talks too much had made it "difficult" for them to establish a relationship. "The only positive was that my children were young and didn't notice it but we had a hard time".

"Of course anything can happen but in principle, the idea is to stay here". First because of how I am at the club, how I feel at the club, and secondly, for my family.

Messi has always mentioned playing for Argentina's Newell someday.

FC Barcelona forward Leo Messi has denied opposing the club's signing of Antoine Griezmann this summer.


"There was a time when I ended up exhausted by a lot of circumstances, it has happened several times, especially in 2013 and 2014, with the problems with the treasury and everything that came out".

"But I have already told them that sometimes you have to think about what is best for your family".

"I wanted Ney to come because as a footballer, he is one of the best in the world".

- Messi: "Griezmann's coming from a playing a different way to how we play here but we have no doubt he will adapt because he has quality and he is intelligent". Ronaldo had famously said "if he doesn't consider himself the best in his mind, no one else will", while Messi has mostly retracted from making any volatile statements. "These awards are nice recognition, but for me they were never a priority, I would be more disappointed to spend another year without winning the Champions League - it's been five years since we've done it".

Messi also offered his support to Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde, who has been under pressure after a bumpy start to the season followed the team's Champions League collapse against Liverpool in May. Messi did admit he would be happy to have Neymar back but he also cleared that he is not the decision-maker where the club signings are concerned. "But it isn't true that I decide who we are to sign or which coach is here".

"If one other coach comes, we are able to be with him. To achieve success, we all have to be united".

However, Messi said he keeps in contact with his former teammate and implied the Brazilian knew he had made a mistake in leaving Barca.

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