Messi is no longer a Barcelona player. He said goodbye personally at a press conference on the morning of 8th August at Camp Nou and said goodbye in a written Instagram post he shared the same day, but during the afternoon. Thousands of fans took advantage of the post to send him messages of affection.
"I would have liked to leave in a different way, although I suppose a farewell can never be a nice thing... I would have loved to stay here, I did everything with that goal in mind and, in the end, it didn't happen," he began. This is the main idea about the impossibility of renewing his contract that he had already outlined in his appearance.
"I only have words of thanks for all those who have been with me for so many years at the club. And for our fans, who gave me all their affection and I tried to repay them by giving my all for this shirt. I'm leaving, but it's not goodbye, it's just see you later, 'Visca' Barca!
The latter, his desire to return one day, was also confirmed in his press conference. This will happen in a different role to that of a footballer. Everything seems to indicate that he will continue to display his quality on the pitch, but that he will do so as a player of the PSG squad once an agreement in principle leaked by 'RMC Sport' has been formalised.