Lionel Messi has told Barcelona fans he only had the club’s best
interests at heart during their bitter back and forth this summer.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner attempted to leave the Camp
Nou earlier this summer after becoming disillusioned with their
After a huge debate surrounding the release clause in Messi’s
contract he decided to stay – but still managed to get his shots in
during a brutally honest tell-all interview .
The 33-year-old is ready to put it all behind him however and he
told Spanish publication SPORT : “After so many disagreements,
I would like to put an end to it.
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“All Barca fans must unite and assume that the best is yet to
“I take responsibility for my mistakes, if there were any – they
were only to make a better and stronger Barca.
“Adding passion and enthusiasm will be the only way to achieve
the objectives – always united and rowing in the same direction.”
He went on to add: “If fans were bothered by anything I said or
did, I did it thinking about the best for the club.”
A tearful Suarez broke down at his farewell press conference and
Messi took to Instagram to criticised the club heavily.
He went on to add the situation left him “hurt” and he could not
let it pass without saying his peace.
“Instagram post about Suarez? I understand that there will be
those who think I should have let it pass, as I’ve done with so
many other subjects, but many things hurt me in recent weeks
and it was my way of expressing it.
“I always play to win and I always give everything on the pitch.
Those who know me, know that I can’t let go of that habit. It
has been like that throughout my entire career and that’s not
going to change.”
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All four goals came in the first half, with Ansu Fati scoring two
and winning a penalty which Messi coolly dispatched.
Pau Torres’ own goal ensured it was the perfect start to Ronald
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