Lionel Messi press conference live as Barcelona legend breaks silence on exit
So, this is the end.
After spending 21 years at Barcelona, 17 of those breaking records in the club’s first team, not to mention scoring 672 goals in 778 games, Lionel Messi is holding a news conference to bid farewell to Camp Nou.
The 34-year-old Argentine superstar makes his first public appearance since the club announced he would be leaving.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner, who made his way through the club’s esteemed La Masia academy to become the greatest player of his generation, possibly ever, parts ways with the club after contract talks fell through due to “financial and structural obstacles”.
Now Messi breaks his silence on the matter, ahead of a likely move to Paris Saint-Germain, where he will reunite with close friend Neymar, and team up with ex-Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, as well as long-time rival Sergio Ramos.
The announcement of his Barcelona exit has stunned world football. Now, the man himself has his say.
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