The emotional Lionel Messi said he did not want to leave Barcelona, but the news of the transfer to Paris Saint-Germain has not been confirmed.
After 21 years of playing for the club, Messi burst into tears when he received a standing ovation at his last Barcelona press conference.
He confirmed that he is willing to reduce his salary in Barcelona by 50%.
Messi said: “I did everything possible, and the club Laporta, because they can’t do it in La Liga.”
He added: “I’m not ready yet. To be honest, despite all the nonsense related to burofax, I believe what I want to say.
“We thought we would stay in Barcelona. The time we spent here was amazing.”
When Messi was closer to joining the French club after leaving Barcelona, he talked directly with Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino.
Paris Saint-Germain is expected to provide Messi with a two-year contract next week, worth 25 million pounds a year after tax, with an option to renew for one year. The 34-year-old player and his father Jorge are ready for this weekend’s offer.
When asked whether the transfer to Paris Saint-Germain would be his next move, Messi said: “This is a possibility to reach those heights.
“I haven’t confirmed anything with anyone. I have received a lot of calls, and there are a lot of interested clubs. At the moment, everything is not over, but we are talking about a lot of things.”
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