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Messi Breaks Down, Says He Wasn’t Ready To Leave Barcelona

Aug 8, 2021, 10:53 AM
Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona...
Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona faces the media during a press conference at Nou Camp on August 08, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images)
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MADRID (AP) — An emotional Lionel Messi says in his farewell to Barcelona that he wasn’t prepared to leave the club.

Messi began crying even before he started speaking in his farewell ceremony at the Camp Nou Stadium.

He says “this is very hard for me after so many years, after being here my entire life.”

Messi called his unexpected departure from the club “the most difficult” moment of his career.

 

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Messi’s family and some of his teammates were at the Camp Nou for the player’s farewell.

Messi avoided talking specifically about his future.

He says he received offers from several clubs.

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