The end is lined with tears. Lionel Messi probably could not have imagined a sadder way to say goodbye to the house in which he grew up as a man and a player, spent most of his life and practically his entire career so far, from a young age.
In the press hall of the Camp Nou stadium, near all 35 trophies he won as a Barcelona player and became an icon of the Catalan giant, in front of a newly selected circle of journalists, but with the support of family, friends Carles Puyol and Xavi Hernandez, and former teammates Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets.
Mark Andre Ter Stegen, Antoine Griezmann ... "I never imagined that everything would end like this. I hoped to do it on the field, with my friends, teammates, in front of an audience that would chant my name." "I have always imagined a full Camp Nou with an audience I haven't seen in a year and a half.
Unfortunately, it had to be like this, "Messi began the conference, uttering the words with great difficulty: "I hope to return one day to bring something new to the club, a lot of success and common beautiful moments in the future.
There are many words to say, but I am simply overwhelmed by emotions and it is difficult for me to speak. So I will dedicate myself to answering your questions. Thank you " In the future, would you agree to play a farewell match in front of the full stands of the Camp Nou stadium, with your friends and teammates? "Yes, but it wouldn't be the same.
This is what is happening now, now is the moment. I am open, of course, to whatever happens."
The whole planet is now interested - is Paris Saint-Germain the next stop? "One of the possibilities is that I could reach those heights.
A lot of clubs have called me, many are interested. I haven't agreed on anything at the moment, but we are working on it." Why couldn't the cooperation be extended? "Just like Laporta said, I came to sign the contract, but I couldn't because the rules don't allow it.
I couldn't say anything else. Last year I didn't want to stay and I said it publicly, now I wanted to stay, but it is not possible ... ", said Messi, and continued: "I'm disappointed because this is the club I wanted to stay at.
I never lied, I was always honest. So last year I wanted to go, now I don't want to and that's why this hurts even more." "Barcelona is one of the biggest clubs in the world. We have a strong squad, and many are yet to come.
After all - everyone is leaving. As Laporta said - everyone is leaving in the end. There are a lot of quality players here, it will be easy for them to continue living without me. "