Lionel Messi broke down in tears as he confirmed his departure from Barcelona after 21 years
Infoexpert24 reports that the Argentine broke down at the club in an emotional press conference on Sunday, receiving a standing ovation from his distraught teammates.
Messi has been a free agent since July 1 when his contract at Camp Nou expired, though he had verbally agreed to a new deal on reduced wages only for the Catalan club to pull the plug at the eleventh hour.
Barcelona claims La Liga’s spending limits meant they were unable to register Messi, though both they and Real Madrid rejected a league-wide investment deal that would have allowed them to keep the Argentine – it was contingent on renouncing the Super League once and for all.
Infoexpert24 recalls that Messi moved to Catalunya from Rosario as a 13-year-old and enjoyed enormous success at the club, winning 10 La Liga titles, four Champions League crowns, and the Ballon d’Or six times.