“This world of soccer is very difficult and there are many fake people. What have they asked of you? Messi: “I told the club, including the president, that I wanted to go. Damit Verizon Media und unsere Partner Ihre personenbezogenen Daten verarbeiten können, wählen Sie bitte 'Ich stimme zu.' Is that an optimistic message for Barca fans for the future? “I would never do such a thing. Still I have the right to decide. What was the first thing you thought? I will do my best. In August, Messi tried to leave the club, demoralized by the defeat to Bayern and convinced that his chances of winning were higher elsewhere. The money factor, your friends. It does not come from the Bayern result, it comes from many things. Every year I could have left and earned more money than at Barcelona. “I believed that the club needed more young players, new players and I thought my time in Barcelona was over. “We gave a very bad image. Gepp im Interview ... Bayern fegen Messi gnadenlos vom Platz. Barcelona refused to let him go, and Messi … Lionel Messi was left forlorn after Barcelona’s humiliating defeat to Bayern Munich – and has a lot to think about as his future at the Nou Camp could be in doubt. “The money? He is the best striker I could think of." Messi: “Of course I had a hard time deciding. “I had a bad time this year, but it is hypocritical to say that if you compare it with people who have really had a bad time with the coronavirus, with people who have lost relatives and who have lost many things. Goal: Is that what has hurt you the most, that there are people who think you could have hurt Barca? Messi: "Clearly. Messi: [Laughter] “Yes, Mateo is still little and he doesn't realise what it means to go somewhere else and make your life a few years elsewhere. Aktualisiert: 31.08.2020 06:16 Goal : In the end it is very difficult to give up 20 years, a whole life, a family that is in Barcelona, a city... and that is what weighs more when making a decision. “But apart from that, the president always told me, 'When the season is over, you decide if you stay or leave', he never set a date, and well, it was simply to make to the club official that he was not following his word, but not to get into a fight because I did not want to fight with the club.”, Copyright © 2020 Goal.com All rights reserved. ... ICYMI: Messi's full interview … Bayern’s young star will surely be relishing Friday’s match and the chance to come up against Messi. I always want the best for the club, for the dressing room and for myself. Bayern Munich and Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara has spoken about the news that Messi is to remain at Camp Nou. Messi: “First, because after the defeat in Lisbon it was very hard. I wanted time to pass and then go out to clarify everything.”. Lionel Messi concedió una entrevista en exclusiva mundial a Goal. You are going to continue leading the team at Barca. aus oder wählen Sie 'Einstellungen verwalten', um weitere Informationen zu erhalten und eine Auswahl zu treffen. We knew Bayern Munich were a very difficult opponent, but not that we were going to end that way, giving such a poor image for the city and the club of Barcelona. I repeat, I wanted to go and it was entirely my right, because the contract said that I could be released. Barcelona beat many of Europe's top clubs, including Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City to sign De Jong from Ajax in 2019 for an initial fee of €75 million. Messi hopes to execute a clause written into his current terms, signed in 2017, that allows him to leave for free, unilaterally, at the end of each season. “My son, my family, they grew up here and are from here. Der FC Barcelona blamierte sich beim 2:8 im Viertelfinale der Champions League gegen den FC Bayern. "But if you ask me about the ideal partner, I tell you: We have got Robert Lewangoalski. What did you want to demonstrate? Actually, now I don't know what will happen. I felt that I needed a change and new goals, new things”. The president did not give me a clue at what he was really saying. “The whole family began crying, my children did not want to leave Barcelona, nor did they want to change schools. There has been a lot of talk about Messi being badly advised and badly advised by the decision to communicate that you wanted to leave by burofax. Goal: What happened when you told your family that you can leave Barcelona? Messi: “A bit of everything, my friends, money… many things that have been said have hurt. I believed it was time to step aside. “I love Barcelona and I'm not going to find a better place than here anywhere. “It has hurt me a lot that things are published against me and above all, that false things are published. Lionel Messi endured a nightmare evening as Barcelona were thumped 8-2 by Bayern Munich in their Champions League clash. Goal: But the most important member of the family is Mateo. “It did not come because of the Champions League result against Bayern, no – I had been thinking about the decision for a long time. Lionel Messi is staying with Barcelona for the time being, confirming his U-turn in a gripping and emotional interview with Goal Spain. “He told me all the time: ‘We'll talk, not now, this and that’, but nothing. Why did you decide to send that burofax? “And this is the reason why I am going to continue in the club. Bayern Munich embarrassed Barcelona in Fridays' Champions League quarterfinal in Lisbon, beating Lionel Messi and Co. 8-2 to advance to next week's semis. Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has heaped praise on Barcelona captain Lionel Messi and thinks it could be another century until we see another player of the Argentine’s quality. Of course, it's 20 years, that's a lifetime. Goal: So if you hadn't sent the burofax, maybe everything would have been forgotten and no one would have listened to you? Goal: The famous burofax. Messi: “The burofax was to make it official in some way. “I wanted to go because I thought about living my last years of football happily. “I said it at the time that we were not given the support to win the Champions League. That I wanted a winning project and to win titles with the club, to continue expanding the legend of Barcelona. Has it hurt you that they doubt your commitment? November 2020, 12:55 Uhr They must have told you, 'Dad, this, dad, that'. Now he might change to Ronaldo as he is placed on the 10. Thiago respects Messi decision. Everything became very difficult for me and there came a time when I considered looking for new ambitions. You are in a team that fights for titles and in recent seasons Barca has not competed in Europe. What I can say is that I'm staying and I'm going to give my best for Barcelona.”. FIFA announced the three finalists for The Best Men’s Player award on Friday, with Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, Barcelona captain Lionel Messi and Juventus ace Cristiano Ronaldo making the cut. Abschied vom FC Barcelona nach 20 Jahren. He praised the superstars Messi and Ronaldo as unique and outstanding. Not alone. “My wife, with all the pain of her soul, supported and accompanied me...". “Hopefully I can give my best and dedicate victories to all those people who accompany us and their families, to be able to dedicate the best to those people who are having a bad time and that once and for all we can overcome this virus and return to normality.”. “But I did feel hurt by things that I heard from people, from journalists, from people questioning my commitment to Barcelona and saying things that I think I didn't deserve. Dies geschieht in Ihren Datenschutzeinstellungen. Cristiano Ronaldo Defends Lionel Messi In His Post-Match Interview And It Speaks Volumes Of The Man . Messi: “No… I didn't feel alone. Bayern Kultur Alle Kultur Medien Gesellschaft Alle Gesellschaft Stil Wissen Alle Wissen ... Toni Nadal im Interview: "Messi ist die Schlüsselfigur" 27. Or that they came to think that I could go to trial against Barca in order to benefit myself. I needed it, the club needed it and it was good for everyone.”. Goal: Everything has been talked about. From the 8-2 battering of Bayern Munich in the Champions League, to the abysmal start to the 2020/21 league campaign, the Catalan side are seemingly on a downward spiral with no end in sight. “I will continue at Barca and my attitude will not change no matter how much I have wanted to go. And his 55 goals overall were more than Ronaldo (37) and Messi (31) scored last season. Goal: And for anyone. It was wrong, I didn't feel like doing anything. I would never go to court against Barca because it is the club that I love, which gave me everything since I arrived, it is the club of my life, I have made my life here. “As I said, I thought and was sure that I was free to leave, the president always said that at the end of the season I could decide if I stayed or not. “I always said I wanted to end here and I always said I wanted to stay here. Bayern Munich Chairman, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, has paid tribute to Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, ahead of both sides’ Champions League last-8 final tie on Friday. That is enough for me and strengthens me. In August, Messi tried to leave the club, demoralized by the defeat to Bayern and convinced that his chances of winning were higher elsewhere. You are still at Barcelona. There was nothing wrong with wanting to leave. It happened to me. Last Updated: 12th December, 2020 13:17 IST Lewandowski Joins Messi And Cristiano Ronaldo In FIFA Best Player Of The Year's Shortlist Bayern star Robert Lewandowski makes it to the three-man shortlist of Best FIFA Football Awards 2020, alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. I always put the club before anything else. “All this time it has been hard for everyone. Jetzt hat Lionel Messi genug und will den Verein verlassen. Daten über Ihr Gerät und Ihre Internetverbindung, darunter Ihre IP-Adresse, Such- und Browsingaktivität bei Ihrer Nutzung der Websites und Apps von Verizon Media. With 15 goals in 10 Champions League matches, Lewandowski’s scoring was a big reason that Bayern went undefeated en route to its sixth European Cup. And tomorrow I could go back, because here in Barcelona I have everything. That's hard. Other contenders for the award included Man City’s Kevin De Bruyne, Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller and PSG star Neymar Jr. But the Netherlands international's arrival at Camp Nou was poorly timed, with the club falling into in disarray at board level as well as on the pitch.. You can win or lose in it, because it is very difficult, but you have to compete. I always said that this was my home and it was what I felt and feel. You have been defending the club for years and being the flag of FC Barcelona. “I felt a lot of pain that my commitment to Barcelona was doubted, with how grateful I am to this club. Goal: Why did you tell Barca that you wanted to go? Für nähere Informationen zur Nutzung Ihrer Daten lesen Sie bitte unsere Datenschutzerklärung und Cookie-Richtlinie. “Now they cling to the fact that I did not say it before June 10, when it turns out that on June 10 we were competing for La Liga in the middle of this awful coronavirus and this disease altered all the season. After the … Now I am going to continue in the club because the president told me that the only way to leave was to pay the €700 million clause, and that this is impossible. “I was clear about what I wanted, I have said what I felt I wanted. “It was not to make a mess, or to go against the club, but the way to make it official because my decision had been made.”. I didn't want him to know anything about being forced to leave, to have to live in a new school, or make new friends. The former Ajax player arrived in the aftermath of Barcelona’s devastating 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League in August. It also helped me to see the truth in people. “Barca gave me everything and I gave it everything. The Argentine could not produce a magic moment as his side were left 8-2 losers in the Champions League quarter-finals. I know that it never crossed my mind to take Barca to court.”. Mueller said he might have preferred Messi in his past as a box-striker in Bayern's shirt. “I looked further afield and I want to compete at the highest level, win titles, compete in the Champions League. Humilié par le Bayern Munich (8-2) en quart de finale de Ligue des champions, le Barça n'a même pas pu compter sur un grand Lionel Messi. "No matter how much I go or stay, my love for Barca will never change.". Goal: That is vital, to be happy. Because I understand that in the end, you are staying in Barcelona. Your father has had a bad time, your wife too, your children. ... Club of the century: Al Ahly, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid. It is very difficult to make a decision.”. Barcelona refused to let him go, and Messi … The information contained in Goal.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Goal.com, Goal's Ruben Uria sat down with the club legend in an interview where the Argentine detailed his reasons for staying at the club, Mourinho: Man Utd needed to give me more time, 'Arsenal need to talk to Saliba & are missing a creative midfielder', Transfer LIVE: Man City set to beat PSG for Messi, Who needs Pogba? Did they watch the news on TV and ask you something? Messi: "As usual, I am going to give my best, we will do my best to fight for all the objectives and hopefully I can dedicate myself to the people who have had a bad time. This happening has helped me to recognise many fake people. McKennie proving to be the midfield star Juventus were crying out for, Football risks losing Neymar too soon if PSG star is not protected, Isak Bergmann Johannesson: Europe's top clubs fighting to sign Iceland wonderkid, Beware Mourinho: Liverpool's arch-nemesis has got his swagger back at Tottenham. What has hurt the most after 20 years defending the Barca shirt? LLUIS GENE AFP Lionel Messi is staying with Barcelona for the time being, confirming his U-turn in a gripping and emotional interview with Goal Spain. “He cried to me and said, ‘Let's not go’. “It was understandable. What did they tell you? It hurt me when my love for this club was questioned. “There was another way and it was to go to trial. There are those who have always been by my side. I felt very sorry because I always said that I wanted to finish my career here. By Jack Otway PUBLISHED: 14:37, Sat, Aug 15, 2020 Goal: Why did it take you time to break your silence and go out to speak? “It was a very difficult year, I suffered a lot in training, in games and in the dressing room. I had the possibility of leaving Barca many times. “What they say is that I did not say it before June 10 – but I repeat, we were in the middle of all the competitions and it was not the moment. What was your position? Feelings of rage? “To decide there was somewhere better than here was difficult. As I said before, I always thought about the welfare of my family and the club ". Throughout the year I had been telling the president that I wanted to leave, that the time had come to seek new goals and new directions in my career. I was leaving and it cost me a lot. Something will have to change at the sporting level, right? Sie können Ihre Einstellungen jederzeit ändern. There is a new coach and new ideas. Goal: Family is something very important in your life. TOOOOOOOORnado in Lissabon! Goal: What was the first thing you thought when there were people who said that you could leave and that you really didn't care about Barcelona? “And the truth is that there has been no project or anything for a long time, they juggle and cover holes as things go by. Messi is Davies’ Favorite Player. You came to Barcelona at the age of your children now. Wir und unsere Partner nutzen Cookies und ähnliche Technik, um Daten auf Ihrem Gerät zu speichern und/oder darauf zuzugreifen, für folgende Zwecke: um personalisierte Werbung und Inhalte zu zeigen, zur Messung von Anzeigen und Inhalten, um mehr über die Zielgruppe zu erfahren sowie für die Entwicklung von Produkten. I've been telling him that all year. “At least compete and let us not fall apart in Rome, Liverpool, Lisbon. If I don't send the burofax, it's like nothing happens, I have the optional year I had to have continued all year. I was going to look for new goals and new challenges. Lionel Messi: Ex-Bayern-Trainer wirbt um den Argentinier - 100 Millionen plus drei Stars für Messi? “Sending the burofax was making it official that I wanted to go and that I was free and the optional year – I was not going to use it and I wanted to go. “Thiago yes, he is older. Barcelona refused to let him go, and Messi relented after ruling out taking Barcelona to court. Juventus superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister, Elma Aveiro has posted a picture of Barcelona star, Lionel Messi, worshipping her brother. “I will stay at the club so as not to get into a legal dispute,” Messi said, contending that the team had acted in bad faith. I repeat that it was hard, really. But something will have to change at Barca, right? In August, Messi tried to leave the club, demoralized by the defeat to Bayern and convinced that his chances of winning were higher elsewhere. Lightning-fast Bayern left-back Alphonso Davies is set to come up against his childhood hero when his side meet Lionel Messi-powered Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. He heard something on TV and found out something and asked. And it is not, 'I'm leaving and that's it'. “I always want to win, I'm competitive and I don't like to lose anything. All that led me to think about that decision that I wanted to carry out. Lately I have not found happiness within the club.”. You are a born winner. “I told the president and, well, the president always said that at the end of the season I could decide if I wanted to go or if I wanted to stay and in the end he did not keep his word.”. There are two fundamental things that people would like to know... you will stay at Barca, you will lead the team again. Barcelona also suffered an 8-2 blowout loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals. Messi: “When I communicated my wish to leave to my wife and children, it was a brutal drama. Dazu gehört der Widerspruch gegen die Verarbeitung Ihrer Daten durch Partner für deren berechtigte Interessen. “That's good, but then we have to see how the team responds and whether or not it will allow us to compete at the top level. Yahoo ist Teil von Verizon Media. Messi: “First, because after the defeat in Lisbon it was very hard. His 34 league goals came in 31 appearances.