Updated: August 9, 2021 10:10:32 am
In a heartbreaking moment for football fans, Lionel Messi on Sunday broke down, announcing his Barcelona exit at a press conference.
As Messi began to speak about his love for the Barcelona club, the footballer couldn’t keep himself from breaking into tears, which made football fans around the world cry along with him.
“A lot of things have gone through my head. I’ve still not come to terms with the reality of leaving this club now and changing my life. We need to accept it and move forward. The time when I made my debut, was my dream come true and everything that came later was amazing. I will always remember that moment where everything started,” Messi said.
The Argentine footballer also said that through good and bad times, people’s love for him has always been the same. “I did everything to stay here. I agreed to reduce my salary by 50 per cent,” he said.
Messi made his first debut with Barcelona at age 13 in 2004. He will be leaving after 17 successful seasons that contain the memory of him winning 35 titles, including four UEFA Champions League crowns, 10 La Liga titles, seven Copa del Reys, and eight Supercopa de Espanas.
Barcelona fans and football fans around the globe took to Twitter to express their sadness and cry along with the athlete. Many even called it the end of an era.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) August 8, 2021
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened”
I’ve never felt such sadness about any one before.
End of an Era, Lionel Messi.
— 👑 (@Ors_thinz) August 8, 2021
— Fab10 🇦🇷 (@31Fab10) August 8, 2021
— Leeroy Chigwedere (@LeeChigwedere) August 8, 2021
— Rakshana Raghavan (@rakshanaraghav) August 8, 2021
Même en étant un fan de CR7 je me suis fondée de larme devant le discours de Lionel Messi aujourd’hui, je le voyait finir sa carrière au barca personne s’y attendait, j’espère que le meilleur pour la suite de sa carrière 😭 pic.twitter.com/2gO6kK4k79
— nejme (@nej38130) August 8, 2021
Ningún jugador es más importante que un club pero solo Lionel Messi me hace dudar eso
— Gabriel Martinez (@DanyGabrielM) August 8, 2021
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