Messi could not hold back his tears while giving his last speech saying he did not plan for this. He said he wanted to leave Barcelona last year but was not allowed but this season he wanted to stay he was not allowed.
READ FULL TEXT OF MESSI’S VALEDICTORY SPEECH:
The truth is that I can’t think of anything what to say. This is so difficult for me. I’ve been here my entire life, I am not ready for this. My family and I were convinced we were going to stay here, that we were going to remain at home.”
“I am extremely grateful for this club. For my teammates, for my former teammates, for everything.. everything.. everything.. I have so much respect for this club. Beautiful things have happened here. At this club I have become the person that I am today.”
“I want to say it again. I am so grateful for the love that people have shown me here. I recognize your love, which I feel for you as well.”