Barcelona captain and all-time leading goalscorer Lionel Messi has agreed to stay. Ten days after telling the club he wanted to leave.
Messi’s father and agent Jorge wrote to La Liga on Friday insisting the player is contractually allowed to leave Barcelona for free. In the current transfer window.
“I feel hurt by things that I heard from people, from journalism, from people questioning my Barcelonismo.
“It also helped me to see who is who. There are many very false people.
“It hurt me when my love for this club was questioned. My love for Barca will never change.”
La Liga responded with a statement shortly after Messi’s declaration, reiterating its stance that the €700m release clause needs to be paid in full. If the 33-year-old is to be allowed to leave the club.