The Argentine international explained the reasons for his departure from Camp Nou in an emotional last press conference
Lionel Messi has confirmed that he has offered to halve his wages to stay at Barcelona, while reporting that he has asked for a 30 percent wage increase as “a lie”.
Messi addressed the media for the last time at Camp Nou on Sunday, after being forced to cut his 21-year career at Barca due to a break in negotiations over a new long-term contract.
The Catalan giants have been desperately trying to lower their wage bill since the end of the 2020-21 campaign to come back below the official limit of La Liga, but it is suggested that their club captain demand a more lucrative package to extend his stay.
What was said?
Messi has now made the situation clear by insisting that he has agreed to reduce his earnings by 50 percent The target revealed earlier this summer that he was ready to commit his future to the Blaugrana by 2026 .
However, the sacrifice was not enough, and the six-time Ballon d’Or winner defended his character during his last press conference as a Barcelona player.
‘The report that I asked for 30% more is a lie. This is a lie. “I offered to reduce my contract by 50%, and then they asked me for nothing else,” said Messi.
‘As the president said, the club has a huge debt, they can not do it, it is not possible [to stay].
‘If I keep figuring it out, it’s going to be more complicated. I need to focus on my career and what I need to do from now on.
“I did everything in my power to stay and it was not possible to stay.”
Is Messi sorry?
Messi has won 10 La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues during a large number of honors during his time at Camp Nou, while scoring 672 goals in all competitions, but is not entirely happy with his trophies.
“I would still like to win some Champions Leagues, the semi-final against Liverpool, the semi vs Chelsea with Pep,” the 34-year-old said when asked if he was sorry.
“I do not regret, I always gave everything, but we had a generation when we could win more Champions League.”
Where will Messi play in 2021-22?
Messi has been linked with a number of other top clubs in Europe over the past few months, after initially inviting speculation about his future by submitting a transfer request last summer.
Manchester City, Inter and Juventus all have an interest in Messi, who also left the door open for a possible move to MLS , but it now appears that he can go to France.
Messi has admitted that it is possible to join PSG before concluding his press conference , and also addressed a photo that the round did on social media in which he showed up with Angel Di Maria, Leandro Paredes and Marco Verratti while on vacation.
The Argentine international, who is reportedly signing a lucrative two-year deal at Parc des Princes, adds in the image: ‘The photo with Paris Saint-Germain was completely coincidental.
“I was there with my friends, we decided to take a picture … they said to me, ‘Come to Paris! ‘but it was just a joke, we were on holiday. “