Published: Fri, October 11, 2019
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Lionel Messi Says Tax Problems Made Him Want To Leave Barcelona

Lionel Messi Says Tax Problems Made Him Want To Leave Barcelona

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has admitted that he considered leaving Barcelona back in 2013 when he was part of a tax fraud investigation.

Following the reported fallout between the Barcelona squad and the boardroom over the Neymar saga in the summer, Lionel Messi seemed to leave the door slightly open to his possible departure from Camp Nou in an interview with Catalan daily Sport, saying he could leave if he felt there was not a "winning project" at the club. - Lionel Messi on how his tax fraud case nearly drove him away from Barcelona. Messi and his father Jorge had been stumbled on guilty of defrauding Spain of 4.1 million euros in taxes between 2007 and 2009, for which they paid finish to 10 million euros and Messi was once handed a 21-month suspended prison sentence.

"There was a time when I ended up exhausted by a lot of circumstances, it has happened several times, especially in 2013 and 2014, with the problems with the treasury and everything that came out. We are very happy in Barcelona", he said. At that time, with the mess of the Treasury, I had the mind to leave, not for wanting to leave Barca but for wanting to leave Spain. "I felt mistreated and I didn't are desirous to be right here anymore".

The current contract will expire in the summer of 2021.

Messi added: "Today my idea and that of my family is to end here". First because of how I am at the club, how I feel at the club, and secondly, for my family. I would not like to disrupt that. I am delighted and my idea is to stay here - nothing has changed that at all. "It has always been like this and remains the same way; nothing has changed".

"However I personal already told them that at times you definately may perchance want to have what's biggest to your loved ones". If Barcelona is the body, Messi is its soul.

Despite a clause in his contract, which allows him to leave at the end of each season, Messi said he intends on retiring at Barcelona.

"With [this week's] interview, I got scared and [then] I was relieved to see that, just as well, he made a decision to stay".

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