Lionel Messi Says Neymar Knows He Made a Mistake Leaving FC Barcelona

Lionel Messi Says Tax Problems Made Him Want To Leave Barcelona

The talisman epitomises every inch of the Camp Nou and the feeling of the fans.

Messi was keen to be reunited with Neymar last summer but Barcelona were unable to agree a fee with PSG. Such is the connection he has with the Spanish club.

Speaking in an interview with Catalan radio station, RAC1, Messi said: "It isn't easy to play FC Barcelona because of our philosophy".

Three years ago, the Argentine star was found guilty, alongside his father, of defrauding the tax authorities in Spain of €4.1m between 2007 and 2009.

"Although many people seem to think I'm in charge of signing players and sacking coaches, I wasn't involved". Since joining the club in 2005, Barca have extended Messi's contract eight times.

Messi said that he already felt very comfortable in Barcelona.

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He then discussed Neymar, whose possible return to Barcelona was one of the long-running sagas of the summer. He is behind Xavi in all-time appearance for Blaugrana and is the highest goalscorer 604 goals. Both footballers have won five Ballon d'or.

The 32-year-old's current contract expires in 2021 and Messi believes extending his deal "will not be a problem".

"Of course anything can happen but in principle, the idea is to stay here". I think I was the first one [to be investigated by the tax authorities] and that is why everything was so hard. It's clear that my idea is to finish my career at Barca.

'Always, in all the negotiations, I have kept the margin, I have never had any problem in fixing things with the club, on the contrary, it has always been simple. We are very settled in this city. "I spoke to Ney and got the impression he wanted to come back but I only spoke to him and nobody else", he explained. Sometimes, he asks for feedback from the dressing room on the subject of signings, like with Neymar or Griezmann. "The club determined Valverde would proceed and for me that was once a joy, correct for balance and he's a coach we toughen and like".

"I think it gave an extra impetus to our rivalry, to the Clasico and to La Liga overall". He realised that he was wrong.

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