Messi says tax problems made him want to

Lionel Messi Ballon d’Or or Champions League

Lionel Messi Ballon d’Or or Champions League

The 32-year-old's current contract expires in 2021 and Messi believes extending his deal "will not be a problem". I felt I was being mistreated and I didn't want to spend much time there.

His arrest landed him a 21 month prison sentence and a €2m fine, although he did not actually end up serving time in jail for the charge, which began a series of high profile cases that included Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcelo and Messi's teammate Javier Mascherano.

Messi scored his first goal of the season in a 4-0 thrashing of Sevilla on Sunday, after two months spoiled by calf and thigh injuries.

Messi, who recently said he does not have any problem with Griezmann, despite the Frenchman claiming they were yet to connect, noted that the forward is a very intelligent player with a lot of quality.

"My children were young and we had a very bad time". 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.

Messi was once desirous to be reunited with Neymar closing summer but Barcelona had been unable to agree a fee with PSG. I also wanted Neymar to come for the same reason, because he is different - one of the best, and to have him here would have been important for our goals. "But sometimes you have to think about your family's interests rather than what you want." he stressed.

"But with Ney we had to look beyond sports, many parties did not want him to come [due to] everything that had happened".

The Argentina global has been a huge part of the success the Catalans giants have had over the last six years, but he was almost not there to contribute to it, having thought about exiting the club during what were dark times for him. Ronaldo had famously said "if he doesn't consider himself the best in his mind, no one else will", while Messi has mostly retracted from making any volatile statements. "I personal by no methodology had predicament with him coming".

Messi also offered his toughen to Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde, who has been under stress after a bumpy delivery to the season followed the crew's Champions League crumple against Liverpool in May presumably moreover. Messi did admit he would be happy to have Neymar back but he also cleared that he is not the decision-maker where the club signings are concerned. "The club decided Valverde would continue and for me that was a joy, good for stability and he is a coach we support and love. To achieve success, we all have to be united".

"I remember I said earlier this year that Madrid would notice Cristiano's departure, just as any other team would, but even so, they have enough players to be at the top and fighting for everything". "My legs hurt against Sevilla but it be what happens whenever you happen to return".

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