The Argentine icon returned to his unexpected departure from Barça this summer.
On August 10, the football world was shaken as rarely. After 17 seasons spent at FC Barcelona, Lionel Messi joined free on Paris Saint Germain. In the grip of great financial difficulties, the Catalan club have been unable to extend their legendary number 10.
“I had the idea of signing my contract”
During a long interview with France Football, La Pulga revealed behind the scenes of his non-extension in his favorite club. “I came back to Barcelona to prepare for the season, after having taken advantage of a few extra days of vacation that the coach had granted me,” he said. I had the idea to sign my contract and resume training immediately. I thought that everything was settled and all that was missing was my initial. But, when I arrived in Barcelona, I was told that it was no longer possible, that I could not stay and that I had to find myself another club, because Barça did not have the means to extend me . It turned my plans upside down. “
“I was lucky to be contacted by several clubs”
Indeed, Blaugrana leaders publicly announced on August 5 his separation from the new number 30 of PSG. From there, everything happened very quickly for the Argentinian prodigy. “Barca issued the statement saying that I was not going to continue and from that point on I started to wonder how I was going to bounce back. I had to find a new club to continue my career. I was lucky to be contacted by several clubs and one of them was PSG. (…) I received other proposals, but I must admit that we came to an agreement fairly quickly with PSG. ”