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Messi admits he was ‘hurt’ by Laporta’s comments

‘It hurt because I don’t think there was any need to say that’

Lionel Messi of Barcelona Press Conference Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images

Lionel Messi’s exit from Barcelona was anything but boring. The last-second drama mostly left us with more questions than answers.

Part of the problem is the lack of visibility into when certain things transpired. That issue has been compounded by recent comments from Joan Laporta.

The Barcelona president said recently he had hoped that Messi would offer to play for free and those comments have not gone down well with the GOAT.

“Never at any moment did they ask me to play for free. They asked me to reduce my salary by 50 per cent and I did it without any problem,” he said.

“We were willing to help the club more. My desire and that of my family was to stay in Barcelona. No one asked me to play for free but at the same time the president’s words were inappropriate.

“It hurt because I don’t think there was any need to say that. It’s like taking the ball off you and not accepting the responsibility or taking charge of things. That makes people think and generates all types of doubts that I don’t think I deserve

“The truth is, as I explained when I left, I did everything possible to stay.”

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Messi also made it clear he’s looking forward to coming back to Barca. The forward has admitted he’d love to be technical secretary and also let slip he watches the team “whenever” he can and plans to live back in Barca once his time at PSG is up.