Messi: "Nobody asked me to play for free in Barcelona"

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Messi: "Nobody asked me to play for free in Barcelona"

Two months have passed since the official transfer of Lionel Messi to Paris Saint-Germain, which was the ideal moment for Catalan Sport to do a great interview as a kind of confession of the legendary Argentine. Messi touched on all important topics that interested the public, and the public in Barcelona was primarily interested in the comment on the statement of Joan Laporta, who said that he hoped that Messi would stay and play for free at the club.

"It is true that, as I explained on leaving, I did everything possible to stay. I was never, at any time asked to play for free. They asked me to reduce my salary by fifty percent and I did it without any problems."

"We were in a position to help the club more, my wish and the wish of my family was to stay in Barcelona. No one asked me to play for free but at the same time it seems to me that the words the president said were misplaced."

"They hurt me because I don't think he should have said that, that's how he leads people to comment and creates suspicion that I don't think I deserved, "Messi said. The step he took was very demanding for the entire family.

"It was a big change that, as I said then, I didn't even imagine. Fortunately, we have already settled in, the children are going to school, we are more or less integrated into the daily routine. We are happy."

The return to Barcelona will follow after the end of the stay at the Princes' Park. "I don't know how long I will stay in Paris, but what is certain is that we will live in Barcelona again and that our life will be there.

That is what my wife and I want." " I don't know if that will happen when the contract with Paris Saint-Germain is over, but we will live in Barcelona " And what will be the relationship with the club? "Yes, I have always said that I would like to help the club in what can be useful.

I would like to be a technical secretary at some point. I don't know if it will be in Barcelona or not." "If there is a possibility, I would like to do it again. I contribute as much as I can because it is a club that I love and would like to continue to grow and be one of the best in the world.



Are you in contact with any of your former teammates? "Yes, I often talk to Kun Aguero, who was not my teammate, but he is a great friend of mine. I also talk to Busquets and Jordi Alba often."

Did you have support when you left, did any of them disappoint you? "No, I'm not disappointed, because I know them all very well. Those I expected to support me - they did. They were as surprised as I was, they were with me and supported me at all times."

The months in Paris go extremely fast, there is not much free walking because the rhythm is hellish. What was the best and what was the hardest in these two months? "Since I arrived, I felt like I was in the locker room for a long time, because I have a lot of acquaintances, people who speak Spanish and I adapt much faster."

"Bad moments were in the beginning when everything happened at once, I came here, spent a month and a half. days in the hotel, it was not easy with the children who had already started school." "We were in the center and the traffic was unbearable.

We needed an hour for school and an hour for training.The children could no longer bear to stay in the hotel, it was At the same time, we tried to enjoy the experience of the city, getting to know everything a little bit until we got home, all of which made things better."