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Barcelona fans relieved after Messi says he will stay
    2020-09-07  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

BARCELONA fans breathed a collective sigh of relief a day after Lionel Messi said he would wait a year in his desire to seek success elsewhere.

Argentine great Messi announced Friday that, despite having told the club he wanted to leave, he would see out the last season on his contract. The 33-year-old forward said he would stay because he wanted to avoid the ugly possibility of going to court to seek his release.

“He’s Staying” was splashed over a huge photo of Messi on the front page of Barcelona’s daily Sport on Saturday.

“As a Barca supporter I celebrate the news,” 72-year-old retiree Roberto Ciervo said. “They managed to avoid a bitter end. Something nobody, including himself, wanted after his career in Barca.”

While fans are divided over whether to blame the player or club executives for the pending separation, Messi’s immaculate reputation in the Spanish city has undoubtedly taken a knock.

Some fans, like Ciervo, said they understand Messi’s decision to leave after the team’s failures in the Champions League in recent seasons.

Messi said in an interview with Goal.com that “throughout the year I had been telling the president that I wanted to leave.”

Although he had voiced criticism of the team’s inability to compete at the top level during the season, he saved the bombshell he wanted to leave until after the Champions League debacle. And his way of telling Barcelona — and his fans — could not have been colder: sending a burofax, a certified document in Spain similar to a telegram, to the club’s office.

That has irked some of Barcelona’s faithful.

“I followed the whole story. And I think he handled things a bit wrong,” said 44-year-old health worker Noelia Lagares. “If he had already made up his mind about leaving then he should have said it before, like in January. He said he feels like part of the family because he’s spent his life here. Then, why send a burofax?”(SD-Agencies)

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