'Decided to end my career at Barcelona' - Lionel Messi

Arjun Singh Devgan
Argentina v Uruguay - FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar Qualifier
Argentina v Uruguay - FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar Qualifier / Daniel Jayo/GettyImages

Argentina icon, Lionel Messi has opened up on his exit from Barcelona, revealing that he had decided on ending his career at the Nou Camp, revealing that, "I had decided that I was going to end my career with Barcelona."

Paris Saint-Germain completed arguably the biggest signing in football history when they managed to sign Messi on a two-year contract, with his arrival leading many to claim that the French giants were favourites to win their maiden Champions League trophy.

"I didn't expect it at all. in my head, I was going to go [back to Barcelona], sign and start training straight away. I thought that everything was set and I just needed to sign it. But when I got there, they told me that it wasn't possible anymore. They told me that I couldn't stay and that I'd have to find a new club because they couldn't renew my contract. It changed my plans," Messi said as per Marca.

"It was extremely difficult to accept. To think that we were going to have to leave our home, the family were going to have their routines turned upside down, the kids were going to have to change schools and come with us to a completely new place.

"It was the first time that this had happened in my career. I had decided that I was going to end my career with Barcelona. It was difficult, but we passed the test together. A lot of things went through my mind, but I had no choice but to leave."

Messi has not had the best of starts to life in Paris, managing only a solitary goal in his five appearances so far, he however did score his debut goal with a screamer against Manchester City to lead the club to a 2-0 win in the Champions League. It will be interesting to see whether the superstar can pick up his form and lead PSG to their maiden Champions League honour come the end of the season.