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'I never thought of it': Lionel Messi bids emotional farewell to Barcelona

Lionel Messi on Sunday said goodbye to Barcelona where he spent his whole professional career. In an emotional, sometimes tearful press conference, he said "I never thought of it."

"In recent days I've given lots of thought to what I could say and the truth is that I can't think of anything," said Messi who broke down in tears.

"Now, I have to say goodbye to all of this. I've been here my entire life, since I was 13. After 21 years I'm leaving with my wife, with my three little Catalan-Argentine kids... I can't promise you we won't come back because this is my home and I promised my children that."

Messi said he is not ready to leave Barcelona where he spent his entire career.

"This is really difficult for me after so many years, being here my entire life, I'm not ready for this and honestly last year with all the nonsense with the burofax I was convinced I knew what I wanted to say but this year is not the same."

He added that he gave everything for Barcelona from the first day until he left.


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