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Messi Reveals Why He Considered Leaving Barca

With rumours that Lionel Messi could leave FC Barcelona always sending the club's fans into a meltdown, the superstar has now revealed why he once considered leaving the club.

Read: Messi Calls African Star's Ballon d'Or Place 'A Shame'

It was confirmed earlier this year that the Blaugrana captain has a clause in his contract that allows him to leave for free if he alerts the club's bosses before the end of May in a particular year.

However, he has sent many positive messages since, insinuating that he wants to stay at the Camp Nou for the rest of his career.

Back in 2014, though, Messi was seemingly close to packing his bags after he fell foul of the tax authorities in Spain.

"It was not because of a reason linked to football, but a personal one," he told France Football when asked why he considered leaving.

"I experienced a difficult moment (with the Spanish tax authorities five years ago), but I succeeded in moving past it thanks to the support of people in Barcelona and the club.

"It allowed me to continue here. It is just that the moment that I announced that, I did not feel comfortable in Spain, nothing more."

Click through the gallery below to see the final 2019 Ballon d'Or ranking:

Messi also explained that he gets offers from other clubs every year, but most of the teams know his stance towards Barcelona.

"Offers, I get them all the time. Each year, I have the possibility to sign somewhere else," he added.

"A number of clubs open their door for me, but they know that what I want is clear. There were just there in case that, one day, I may want a change of scenery."

Read: Best XI To Never Win The Ballon d'Or

Messi has made 701 appearances for Barcelona thus far, scoring 614 goals and assisting a further 250 strikes.

Can you imagine Barca without Messi on their roster? Have your say in the comments section below.


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