Lionel Messi meets Argentine youngster who's suffering from congenital pseudarthrosis illness

Tanya Simon
October 11, 2019

Requested on Tuesday night if he had ever critical to depart Barcelona, Messi mentioned: "In 2013-14, after I started having the tax considerations, it was once very complicated for me and my family". Lionel Messi Hails Team Barcelona After Beating Real Betis by 5-2 in La Lia 2019.

The Argentine has mooted the idea of returning home with Newell's Old Boys in the future, but he told RAC1 he nearly quit Barcelona after he and his father Jorge were found guilty of defrauding the tax department in Spain in 2016.

Asked on Tuesday night if he had ever wanted to leave Barcelona, Messi said: "In 2013-14, when I started having the tax problems, it was very hard for me and my family".

Thankfully for Barcelona, Messi did not leave the Catalans giants and he remains a part of the furniture there, as they look for further dominance domestically and across Europe for the foreseeable future.

"During that time, I considered leaving Barca. I felt mistreated and I didn't are desirous to be right here anymore". His contract expires in June of 2021.

"Today it is clearer that my idea is to finish here", Messi said. First because of how I am at the club, how I feel at the club, and secondly, for my family. I would no longer like to disrupt that. I am delighted and my idea is to stay here - nothing has changed that at all. I think I was the first one [to be investigated by the tax authorities] and that is why everything was so hard.

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"It is very exaggerated to be told I am God, I do not like it".

Messi was keen to be reunited with Neymar last summer but Barcelona were unable to agree a fee with PSG.

"Obviously I will stay if you love me. He's unpredictable, utterly different and having him in our crew would personal given us more alternate choices".

Barcelona did sign Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid, despite him rejecting the Catalans the year before. Messi denies suggestions of a rift between him and the Frenchman.

"Griezmann is an intelligent player, of great quality, and he will end up adapting". "I spoke to Ney and got the impression he wanted to come back but I only spoke to him and nobody else", he explained.

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