Lionel Messi 'p****d off' but Barcelona president Bartomeu defends decision

“I asked Leo to stay on. I didn’t have much dealings with him those days because I thought it was a very personal decision. I only said: ‘Leo, it’s a year, and then new people will come.’

“I asked myself: ‘How can it be that the best player in history, who we have had the incredible luck to enjoy, gets up one day and sends a burofax because he feels that they are not listening to him?’

“Everything is too shocking. What’s going on? Leo deserves everything. The new stadium should be named after him first and then the sponsor.

“We should preserve our figureheads, not underappreciate them. It really gets to me.”

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