🇦🇷 Messi: I was going to go back to Barcelona
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🇦🇷 Messi: I was going to go back to Barcelona

Argentina ace Lionel Messi has opened up about the dramatic letdown of not re-signing with FC Barcelona when his deal ran out.

The greatest footballer of all time was forced to end his 21-year stay at Barca when his contract ran out last July and where the club could not re-sign him because of their financially poor state.

"I didn't expect it at all," Messi said in an interview with France Football.

"In my head, I was going to go [back to Barcelona], sign, and start training straight away.

"I thought that everything was set and I just needed to sign it. But when I got there, they told me that it wasn't possible anymore. They told me that I couldn't stay and that I'd have to find a new club because they couldn't renew my contract. It changed my plans.

"It was extremely difficult to accept. To think that we were going to have to leave our home, the family were going to have their routines turned upside down, the kids were going to have to change schools and come with us to a completely new place.

"It was the first time that this had happened in my career. I had decided that I was going to end my career with Barcelona. It was difficult, but we passed the test together. A lot of things went through my mind, but I had no choice but to leave,” Messi concluded.

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