Messi ending his 21-year-old association with Barca gave his last speech on the club on Sunday but the star could not emotionally hold his grief because of the love he had for the club.
Messi broke down at the start of his farewell speech and his fans expressed their support through a long round of applause as his wife handed him a piece of tissue. The record six-time Ballon d’Or winner 34, is now a free agent.
“My family and I were convinced we were going to stay here, at home!” he said during a news conference on Sunday
“This is the end with this club and now a new story will begin, yes, it is one of the most difficult moments for me.” Added the Argentina forward
“I don’t want to leave this club, it’s a club I love and this is the moment I didn’t expect”
Messi broke down as he left the stage for his seat.