"Messi stays, but hits"

The international press collects the continuity of Messi in Barcelona and highlights the darts that the Argentine throws at Josep María Bartomeu.


The Messi case has come to an end. The Argentine announced this Friday in an interview with Goal.com his change of position and that he will continue to wear the Barcelona shirt for the 2020/21 season. A fact that, like the rest of the steps in the summer soap opera, has been collected by the different international portals along with the harsh words of the Argentine crack to its president.

L'Èquipe: "We were sure he was free"

The French newspaper wonders if it is the end of the show and focuses on Messi's words towards Bartomeu: "I have always said that I wanted to end my career here, fighting for the titles . But the truth is that there has been no project for a long time. Every year they make themselves proud, but every year we risk our skin, "he continued, approaching President Josep Maria Bartomeu again." We were sure it was free. The president always said that at the end of the season I could decide. And now they hold on to the fact that I didn't say that until June 10. Except on June 10, we were still in competition (League). I will never go to court against the club of my heart, and that's why I stay. "Olé: "Messi stays, but still hits"

The Argentine newspaper highlighted Messi's criticism of Bartomeu after he did not let him leave Barcelona for free: "Messi confessed that his family suffered when he told him that they were going to leave Barcelona And that he did not want to face legal problems. He stays but still hits ".

Olé also remembers Messi's darts to the Barça president: "Palito and palazos for Bartomeu, although as he did not want to get into legal trouble with Barcelona, a club that has had him since he was a child and which he led to the top, he decides to stay until June of 2021 ".

La Gazzetta dello Sport: "Messi's longest day"

The Italian newspaper calls it "Messi's longest day" after communicating its decision: "Messi's telenovela is in its epilogue: remain as a Blaugrana. 'But I wanted to I am leaving, Leo himself announced in an exclusive with Goal.com. Bartomeu's management in Barcelona is a disaster. I am staying because I was not allowed to leave and I do not want to start a legal battle with the club. "

Bild: "The superstar stays at Barcelona"

The German media echoes that Messi is still at Barça and recalls the Argentine's criticism of Bartomeu: "The superstar wanting to change teams stays with FC Barcelona. He Six times the best footballer in the world announced this in an interview with Goal.com. His plan to move to Manchester City in the Premier League has been canceled. The '10' sent a message to the fans: 'I will remain at the club because the president He said that the only way to do it is by paying the 700 million euros. This is impossible. "'

The Sun: "Brutal drama in the Messi family"

The British newspaper emphasizes the role of Messi's family and the legal battle that would have involved him to leave Barça: "Lionel Messi stays in Barcelona after his children burst into tears for his possible departure - and to avoid the legal battle. Messi also suggested that he is being forced to stay at Barcelona against his wishes after saying he has no choice but to watch the final year of his contract with the club. He revealed how the news caused a 'brutal drama' in the family because they did not want to leave their home in Barcelona ".

Mirror: "Messi hits Bartomeu"

The British newspaper recalls Messi's continuity and that Manchester City was the favorite to sign him: "Lionel Messi confirms that he will stay in Barcelona while breaking his silence on the transfer market. Manchester City was considered the favorite to get the Argentine to stay in a fascinating battle with Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan, among others. But after a period of chaos at the Catalan club that saw the father and agent Jorge Messi fly from Argentina for this week's crisis talks, now he's ready to stay at the Nou Camp. "

Mirror highlights the criticism of the '10' to Bartomeu: "However, he has beaten the president Josep Maria Bartomeu and insisted that he wanted to go long before the humiliation of the Champions League against Bayern Munich" .

The New York Times: "There are no winners, Messi decides to stay in Barcelona"

The American newspaper highlights the joy of Barça fans and that there is no winner after Messi's continuity: "Barcelona fans will celebrate the fact that they will be able to see to his beloved Lionel Messi for another season after he announced that he would be staying at Camp Nou on Friday. But the result of the fight between the world's most iconic soccer player and one of his biggest clubs seems to have ended neither of both able to claim victory. "

Tuttosport: "The cry of the Messi family"

The Italian media underlines the role of Messi's family when making the decision not to continue: "Messi recounts some antecedents of his initial choice: 'When I communicated my will to my wife and children was a drama. The whole family burst into tears, my children did not want to leave Barcelona, they did not want to change schools. I looked further and wanted to compete at the highest level, win titles, compete in the Champions League. You can win or lose, because it is very difficult, but you have to compete. At least compete and not collapse like in Rome, Liverpool, Lisbon. And this led me to think about the decision to leave ".

Globoesporte: "Telenovela with a different ending than expected"

The Brazilian newspaper emphasizes that the ending was not the one desired by Messi: "The telenovela of the possible departure of Messi from Barcelona ended earlier and with a different ending than expected. The Argentine star confirmed on Friday that he will remain at the Catalan club after having attempted a unilateral termination by activating a clause in his contract, which ends in June 2021. The decision was made precisely to avoid a battle in court, amid a legal dispute with the club's board of directors, which demanded the payment of a dismissal fine of 700 million euros ".

Globoesporte also underlines Messi's words to Bartomeu: "The announcement was made through an interview for Goal.com. The star said he took his time to come to the scene due to the sadness of the defeat against Bayern Munich, but that his decision was not made after the 2-8 loss. Messi said he had been telling President Josep Maria Bartomeu all season that he would like to leave. "

A Bola: "Messi continues in Barcelona"

The Portuguese newspaper reflects Messi's continuity after more than 20 years in Can Barça: "Lionel Messi confirmed through a video available on the Goal.com page that he will continue in Barcelona, where He has been here for 20 years. The Argentine forward thus puts an end to his future, after having expressed his desire to leave a few days ago ".

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