‘My love for Barcelona won’t ever change’ – Messi underlines dedication to Catalans after reversing exit need

Lionel Messi has mentioned his dedication to Barcelona is not going to change shifting ahead, regardless of his try to drive an exit from the membership this summer season.

After trying to activate a clause that may permit him to decide out of his contract, Messi reversed course and dedicated his future to Barcelona. The 33-year-old had admitted he felt pissed off after a season during which Barcelona did not win a single trophy and concluded with a humiliating Eight-2 defeat to Bayern Munich within the Champions League quarterfinal.

Although Messi did not deny making an attempt to depart a membership he joined 20 years in the past, he insisted his angle and dedication to the trigger would not change now that he’s staying put.

“I’ll proceed at Barca and my angle is not going to change irrespective of how a lot I’ve needed to go,” Messi informed Aim. “I’ll do my greatest.

“I at all times wish to win, I am aggressive and I do not wish to lose something. I at all times need the perfect for the membership, for the dressing room and for myself.”

Barcelona’s Champions League drought has now reached 5 seasons.

“I mentioned it on the time that we weren’t given the help to win the Champions League,” the Argentine added. “Truly, now I do not know what is going to occur. There’s a new coach (Ronald Koeman) and new concepts.

“That is good, however then we’ve to see how the workforce responds and whether or not or not it can give us to compete on the high degree. What I can say is that I am staying and I’ll give my greatest for Barcelona.”

Messi additionally admitted he was harm by these questioning his dedication to the membership he has referred to as house for 20 years, although he was strengthened by the help of these closest to him.

“I did not really feel alone,” the six-time Ballon d’Or winner mentioned. “Not alone. There are those that have at all times been by my aspect. That’s sufficient for me and strengthens me.

“However I did really feel harm by issues that I heard from folks, from journalists, from folks questioning my dedication to Barcelona and saying issues that I believe I did not deserve. It additionally helped me to see the reality in folks.

“This world of soccer may be very tough and there are numerous faux folks. This taking place has helped me to recognise many faux folks. It harm me when my love for this membership was questioned.

“Regardless of how a lot I am going or keep, my love for Barca won’t ever change.”


The opportunity of an unsightly authorized saga loomed after Messi formally declared his intention to depart Barca final week.

Barca appeared intent on difficult Messi’s assertion that he may unilaterally decide out of his deal, saying the clause expired in June. Messi’s authorized workforce, in the meantime, was set to argue the clause was in place by way of the top of the season, which had been prolonged as a result of coronavirus break.

Messi has emphatically denied that he was trying to drag his saga out in court docket.

“It has harm me loads that issues are revealed in opposition to me and above all, that false issues are revealed,” Messi mentioned. “Or that they got here to assume that I may go to trial in opposition to Barca so as to profit myself.

“I’d by no means do such a factor. I repeat, I needed to go and it was totally my proper, as a result of the contract mentioned that I could possibly be launched. And it’s not, ‘I am leaving and that is it.’ I used to be leaving and it value me loads.

“I needed to go as a result of I considered residing my final years of soccer fortunately. Recently I’ve not discovered happiness inside the membership.”

Messi mentioned he has had possibilities to depart Barca previously, however has continued with the membership whereas turning down extra profitable presents from different sides.

“I at all times put the membership earlier than the rest. I had the potential of leaving Barca many instances,” he mentioned. “Yearly I may have left and earned more cash than at Barcelona. I at all times mentioned that this was my house and it was what I felt and really feel.”

“To determine there was someplace higher than right here was tough. I felt that I wanted a change and new targets, new issues”.

Together with his dedication to the trigger at Camp Nou now confirmed, Messi goes ahead with renewed objective and dedication — conscious that there are others going by way of way more tough instances than he has in current weeks.

“As standard, I’m going to offer my greatest, we are going to do my greatest to struggle for all of the goals and hopefully I can dedicate myself to the individuals who have had a foul time,” Messi mentioned.

“I had a foul time this yr, however it’s hypocritical to say that for those who evaluate it with individuals who have actually had a foul time with the coronavirus, with individuals who have misplaced kinfolk and who’ve misplaced many issues.

“Hopefully I can provide my greatest and dedicate victories to all these individuals who accompany us and their households, to have the ability to dedicate the perfect to these people who find themselves having a foul time and that we are able to overcome as soon as and for all we are able to overcome this virus and return to normality.”

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