Messi told Barcelona he wanted to leave after the team’s 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals of the Champions League in August, but he ended up staying to avoid a legal battle with the “club of my life.”
Messi has continued to criticize club officials since deciding to stay. He has said that he did not like the direction that the club was heading.
“I’ll take responsibility for my mistakes,” he said. “It they happened, it was with the intention of making Barcelona better and stronger.”
Messi said he wanted to send a “message” to club members and fans, saying that “if at any time I upset some of them for something I did or said, they shouldn’t doubt that it was always thinking about the best for the club.”