Transfer: Lionel Messi Speaks On Leaving Barcelona
Messi-led Barcelona lose 2-1 to Valencia in the Copa del Rey final (image courtesy Getty)

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has admitted he wanted to quit the club during an investigation from Spanish tax authorities, Concise News reports.

Messi, has, however, said he wants to end his football career at the Spanish side and expected Neymar to join the club last summer.

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The Argentine and his father, Jorge were found guilty of defrauding Spain of 4.1 million euros in taxes between 2007 and 2009, for which they paid close to 10 million euros and Messi was handed a 21-month suspended prison sentence.

“In 2013-14, when I started having the tax problems, it was very difficult for me and my family,” Messi told Catalan radio station RAC1.

“My children were young and we had a very bad time. At that time, I had it in mind to leave, not because I wanted to leave Barca but because I wanted to leave Spain. I felt mistreated and I didn’t want to be here anymore.”

He added that “For how I am at the club, for what I feel, and for the family and the children and how settled we are in this city. I would not like to disrupt that.

“Of course anything can happen but in principle, the idea is to stay here.”