Lionel Messi has put an end to the most bizarre transfer saga after an interview with Goal.com, confirming he will stay, but he has fired shots at the club.

We have reached the conclusion of the first part of the most bizarre transfer saga the footballing world has possibly ever seen. After a couple of weeks of deliberation, rumours, endless tweets, Lionel Messi has confirmed that he will stay at the club via an interview with Goal.com.

This comes after two press releases today, one each by Messi’s father and agent Jorge Messi and then in retaliation by La Liga where both parties debated upon the validity of Leo’s release clause.

However, his intention to stay was not the only thing Messi admitted in the interview. He made sure to take down the management of the club, quite explicitly stating that the club needs change at the highest level saying that “the board led by Josep Bartomeu is a disaster.”

He also explained that his decision to leave the club is not a knee-jerk reaction that came after they were humbled by Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Finals, but a move he has been planning since the start of the season.

As explained by the Argentine, he has been forced to stay at the club despite explaining to Bartomeu his intentions to leave at the start of the season, to which he responded by saying that “we will see at the end of the season”; Messi then adds that the President went back on his word.

He suggested that the club kept changing their stance on his €700 million release clause, saying: “Now they cling to the fact that I did not say it before June 10, when it turns out that on June 10 we were competing for La Liga in the middle of this awful coronavirus and this disease altered all the season.”

He might still leave when the season ends next year, but let us not forget that while he is still in Catalonia, Lionel Messi has the chance to break Pele’s record for the most number of goals with a single club, and is just ten adrift of the Brazilian. Somewhere in Brazil, Pele gets ready to do some re-calculations.

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