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FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi bids tearful farewell to boyhood club

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FC Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi holds a press conference at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on August 8, 2021.
PAU BARRENA / AFPFC Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi holds a press conference at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on August 8, 2021.

Rumors are rife that the Argentinian legend will move to the French capital to reunite with Neymar at PSG

Arguably the world's greatest soccer player, Lionel Messi, bade a tearful farewell to FC Barcelona at a press conference on Sunday, the club that he has represented since he was plucked from his native Argentina as a 13-year-old.

While the forward, who has scored 672 goals for the Catalan giants in all competitions, has yet to confirm where he will next ply his trade, he did acknowledge that joining France's wealthiest club, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) was a "possibility." If that were to happen, it would reunited Messi with his former Barca teammate Brazilian star Neymar, Jr. as well as - for the time-being at least - French superstar Kylian Mbappe.

Messi burst into tears on the dais before he had even uttered a word, seemingly overcome with the enormity of reality of the end of his 20-year association with the club that helped mold him into one of the very best players ever. 

"It's very difficult for me, after so many years, after a lifetime of being here," said the six-time Ballon D'or winner.

"I had never imagined my farewell because the truth is that I did not think of it," he added.

Messi has been close to leaving the Nou Camp (Barcelona's home stadium) previously - including in 2020, but a way has always been found for him to stay. Now, however, with the club reportedly facing an uncertain financial future it is set to offload its star, but one who absorbs much of its revenue.

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