Lionel Messi

Barcelona president Joan Laporta says it was ‘painful’ to let Lionel Messi leave but he isn’t sorry about the decision. 

Messi left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer last summer and Laporta has revealed he doesn’t regret his choice despite labelling it the ‘saddest’.

In his interview with Barca TV, Laporta said, “It was painful.

“If I take stock, it is the saddest decision of all and I would never have wanted to make it, but I am not sorry either because I wanted to put the institution ahead of everything, even ahead of coaches and the best player in history.”

“And we had to do it. Because the situation we inherited is what it was. And due to a lot of will and intentionality we had, we came across a reality.”

“It might seem that there was nothing afterwards, but those of us who love Barça know that history continues and with work and well-thought-out decisions, we can continue on the path of success.”

On Xavi performance

“I was sure that one day he would be the coach and hopefully he would be the president with me.”

“Xavi is responding amply, magnificently well. He knows the club, he loves it, he respects decisions, he has a personality so as not to be influenced, he is very clear about how we should play and he is a worker.”

“He is sick of football and that makes him live with what Barca is and everything that surrounds the team. I am very satisfied to have had a coach like him, for many years. I am convinced that he will give us many joys.”

The Catalans are currently third on the log with 48 points, 15 behind leaders Real Madrid.

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