In 11 hours Lionel Messi: Why I plan to stay with Barcelona


"I honestly thought at one time, especially in this market, that if he did not come here, he would go to Real Madrid Madrid because I thought he wanted to leave", Messi said.

"Obviously it is a lie that I did not want Griezmann", he told RAC 1.

Here's some of what he touched on. And the best moment of his career?

"I'm still a bit short but I'm feeling better", Messi said. The fact he carried no previous convictions allowed him to serve his sentence under probation.

"There have been times when I have ended up exhausted due to a lot of circumstances". Having him in our team would give us more options.

He added: "I had my doors open to many clubs but I never got an official offer because everyone knew I really wanted to stay".

"I had expressed it and I thought that Florentino [Perez] and Madrid were going to do something". "They started with me and then went after everyone else".

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What was Messi's favorite goal? Past year I said he was one of the best and the best are always welcome. He picked the 2009 Champions League final win over Manchester United. He leaped and headed a lovely ball to the back post for what is his most impressive header goal of his career. "He is one of the best as well, he's different, he does things nobody expects".

And asked about the toughest defences he has come up against, Messi pinpointed his matches against Premier League opposition. Part of this may be due to what happened in March of 2018, when Spain crushed Argentina 6-1 in an worldwide friendly.

Leading 3-0 from the first leg in Spain, La Blaugrana travelled to England with a commanding aggregate score but fell to one of the tournament's greatest ever comebacks, losing 4-0 on the night (4-3 on aggregate) and crashing out of Europe's elite competition in devastating fashion.

Several other players were later accused of wrongdoing by Spanish tax authorities, including former Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo. The two have been the world's best players over the last 10-15 years, and they had almost a 10-year rivalry in Spain when Ronaldo was dominating at Real.

However, Ronaldo has since swapped Spain for Italy, moving to Juventus in the summer of 2018.

"It was a plus for the rivalry", Messi said of having Ronaldo in Spain.