The six-time Ballon d’Or winner had an emotional press conference at Camp Nou on Sunday afternoon where he confirmed his retirement
The four-time Afrikaans football player of the year, Samuel Eto’o, urged Lionel Messi not to cry over his departure from Barcelona after ‘giving everything’ to the club.
The Argentine forward’s contract at Camp Nou expired at the end of June and Barcelona made efforts to renew his contract last week, but this was limited by La Liga’s financial regulations.
Three days after the Blaugrana announced he would not return to the club, a tearful Messi held a press conference on the premises on Sunday when he confirmed his retirement after 21 years in Catalonia.
‘Do not cry, you have given everything, but life is something we can not explain. We love you, ”Eto’o endorsed the video of Messi’s last farewell on Instagram.
Messi is Barcelona’s best scorer and top scorer with 672 goals in 778 matches in all competitions since making his debut at the age of 17 in 2004.
He played with Eto’o for five years before the Afrikaans legend left Camp Nou for another challenge in 2009 at Inter Milan.
The duo won three La Liga titles, one Copa del Rey, two Spanish Super Cups and two Uefa Champions League trophies together in Barcelona between 2004 and 2009.
However, Eto’o is unsure about Messi’s next destination, but he admits it will be painful to see the six-time Ballon d’Or winner wear another club’s shirt after more than two decades in Catalonia.
‘What a pain to think [you] with another t-shirt. I want you, son, ”he wrote in another post.
During Sunday’s session with reporters, Messi revealed that a move to the French capital remains a possibility for him.
“Paris Saint-Germain is a possibility, yes,” he said said.
“At the moment nothing has been confirmed, I have received many calls after the Barcelona statement. We are talking about it.
“A lot of things were said about me, but on our behalf we did everything I could because I wanted to stay. Last year I did not want to stay and I said it. This year I did it and I could not.”