Messi: It is a lie I did not want Griezmann at Barca


It is increasingly clear that I will end my career here.

"However I personal already told them that at times you definately may perchance want to have what's biggest to your loved ones". - Lionel Messi on how his tax fraud case nearly drove him away from Barcelona.

On his arrival to the Ciudad Deportiva Joan Gamper training, the duo hugged and the boy went ahead to show the Barca star the protective casing surrounding his leg.

'It has always been like this and remains the same way; nothing has changed.

Following the reported fallout between the Barcelona squad and the boardroom over the Neymar saga in the summer, Lionel Messi seemed to leave the door slightly open to his possible departure from Camp Nou in an interview with Catalan daily Sport, saying he could leave if he felt there was not a "winning project" at the club.

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'Always, in all the negotiations, I have kept the margin, I have never had any problem in fixing things with the club, on the contrary, it has always been simple.

"In the end he stayed and I hope he does his best. I wouldn't like to break up the friendships that my children have made here, as happened to me when I was little", the 32-year-old Argentine said. His contract expires in June of 2021.

Ever since Barca signed Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid earlier this year, there have been rumors that Messi is not happy with the decision as he wanted the club to re-sign his former teammate and good friend, Neymar. Yes, Messi - the soul - had once wanted to leave Barcelona. To this he said,"The last time I talked to Bartomeu [Barcelona's president] was in Liverpool, but we've not met since. But it isn't true that I decide who we are to sign or which coach is here".

"The first 300 and sixty five days when we critical to signal Griezmann, I mentioned he was once one of many apt and that the apt are constantly welcome", Messi mentioned.

"We've known each other since the age of 13 and I would say that he is the person I get on best with in the dressing room. I don't think it's a question of disagreement or a lack or coordination between all parties", Pique continued.