Lionel Messi will not be leaving Barcelona this summer after the 33-year-old announced his decision to remain at Camp Nou for the 2020-21 season on Friday.
In an in-depth interview with Goal, Messi expressed his anger and frustration with the current situation at Barça but insists he will continue to try his best for the club.
“I am going to continue at Barça and my attitude is not going to change no matter how much I wanted to go. I will do my best,” he said. I always want to win, I’m competitive and I don’t like to lose anything. I always want the best for the club, for the dressing room and for myself.
“I said it at the time that it wasn’t enough for us to win the Champions League. Actually, now I don’t know what will happen. There is a new coach and a new idea. That’s good, but then we have to see how the team responds and if it will give us or not to compete.”
Messi, who believes he should have been allowed to leave Camp Nou as a free agent this summer, says he is staying because there’s no chance he would take the ‘club of my life’ to court.
The news of Messi’s intention to stay - at least for the 2020-21 campaign - has come as a disappointment to fans of the Premier League.
The thought of watching Messi, who reportedly wanted to join Manchester City, week-in, week-out in England was mouth-watering.
And if he managed to win the Premier League, it would silence those doubters who claim he’s only capable of winning silverware in Spain with Barcelona.
For some football fans, this is what separates Messi from Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won titles in England, Spain and Italy with Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus, respectively.
Some of Ronaldo’s hardcore fans have used Messi’s decision to stay as ammunition against the Argentina international.
Piers Morgan, who has made no secret of his admiration for Ronaldo in recent years, reacted to the news by calling Messi a “bottle-job”…
Here are a handful of tweets with similar messages from other Ronaldo fans on Twitter…
Let’s be honest now, Messi is only staying at Barcelona because he feels forced to do so.
Claims that he’s ‘bottled’ the challenge of playing in the Premier League are clearly wide of the mark.
Messi has admitted that he wanted to leave but can’t because he doesn’t want to drag the club until a legal dispute.
He’s subsequently prepared to knuckle down until the end of the season.
There’s still a chance that we will see Messi in England for the 2021-22 campaign if things fail to improve at Camp Nou.
However, he will be 34 years old by then, which slightly reduces the chances of any club offering him a big contract.
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