Lionel Messi – who recently made a dramatic U-turn to stay back at Barcelona – was depressed even after the Catalans lifted the Joan Gamper Trophy trophy on Sunday. Last month, the 33-year old had informed the Barca officials that wanted to end his contract and leave Camp Nou. Reports suggested that Manchester City was where the six-time Ballon D’Or-winner was inclined to head.Also Read - VIDEO: Cristiano Ronaldo's Gesture Towards Airport Staff Proves he Has a Heart Worth Gold
But all that did not happen as Messi decided to stay back as he did not want to get into a legal tussle with the club that has given him everything. He joined Barca as a 13-year old and since then has gone on to become the best footballer in the world. Also Read - Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo? Manchester United Star Mason Greenwood Joins GOAT Debate
Another reason why he had a change of heart is believed to be his family, do did not want to leave the city as they had their family and friends living there. Also Read - Lionel Messi is a Great Person; Will Always Respect Him, Says Yerry Mina Despite Copa America 2021 Clash
Messi took a drastic step like that after Barcelona were humiliated 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarters in Lisbon.
On social media, Messi fans were extremely sad as if Barca had lost. The visuals are already making fans sad as well.
After everything was sorted, Messi returned to the club to play the traditional curtain-raiser – the Joan Gamper Trophy – against Elche.
The Argentine star wasn’t at his best but played a pivotal role in Antoine Griezmann’s third-minute opener, providing full-back Jordi Alba with a perfectly weighted through ball moments before the finish.
Messi will now join the Argentina national side for their FIFA World Cup qualifiers next month, which may mean he may miss the El Classico on October 25.