Lionel Messi has confirmed that he will stay at Barcelona against his will and hinted that his desire to avoid a court battle was the main reason behind the decision.
The superstar's bomb-turnaround was officially announced on Friday night, despite Messi once again doubling his criticism of the board and its under-attack president Josep Bartomeu.
The club's 33-year-old captain announced in a taped interview that he was finally giving up attempts to make a sensational move to Manchester City this summer despite originally requesting the departure.
Lionel Messi has confirmed that he will stay at Barcelona because he wants to avoid litigation
The U-turn of the superstar bomb was officially announced in an interview on Friday evening
Messi's desire to avoid a court battle with the club is the main reason behind his decision
Messi admitted to Goal in an explosive admission: “When I told my wife and children that I wanted to leave, it was brutal drama.
“The whole family started crying, my children didn't want to leave Barcelona or change schools.
& # 39; But I looked further afield and want to compete at the highest level, win titles, compete in the Champions League. You can win or lose in it because it is very difficult, but you have to compete.
“At least compete for it and don't let us fall apart in Rome, Liverpool, Lisbon. All of this got me thinking about this decision I wanted to make. & # 39;
Messi sat down with Goal to discuss his reasons for his disillusionment with Barcelona
Messi told the club he wanted to leave last month after getting tired of running the club
Jorge Messi had disproved claims by Barca that his son had a € 700m release clause in his business
He had also beat up LaLiga for getting involved in the saga and insisting that a fee be paid
The talisman also revealed that he had never considered taking his youth club to court to get rid of his business.
He added: "I would never go to court against Barca because it's the club I love that has given me everything since I arrived.
& # 39; It's the club of my life, I made my life here. Barca gave me everything and I gave everything. I know it never crossed my mind to take Barca to court. & # 39;
Messi's ambition to leave the Premier League and most likely move to the Premier League was ultimately shattered by the club. Barcelona stood firm in their stance that the player's only exit was through their stunning release clause.
The superstar's disappointment was palpable in his far-reaching and emotional interview, and Messi turned anger on Bartomeu too. The president has been charged with withdrawing a promise to Messi that would have allowed him to leave late last season.
Messi accused Barcelona boss Josep Bartomeu of withdrawing his promise to let him go
Manchester City's hopes of capturing Messi in a sensational way are now over
"I thought and was sure that I was free to leave. The president always said that at the end of the season I could decide whether to stay or not," added Messi.
“Now they are clinging to the fact that I didn't say it until June 10th when it turned out that we were battling for La Liga on June 10th in the middle of this terrible coronavirus and that disease was changing all season long .
& # 39; And that's why I'm going to keep going at the club. Now I'm going to move on to the club because the President told me the only way to go is to pay the £ 624 million clause and that it is impossible. & # 39;
Messi appeared ready to keep fighting when his father issued a statement reiterating his claim that he did not have a € 700m release clause.
Messi made no secret of his desire to leave, but Barcelona's firm stance prevented his exit
His father Jorge made the statement on Friday that seemed to quote directly from his contract: "The release clause does not apply if the unilateral solution to the contract comes into effect after the end of the 2019-20 season."
The statement also condemned La Liga for interfering in the debate last week, claiming that Barcelona were right to ask € 700m from anyone who wanted to sign their captain.
"We don't know which treaty they analyzed," it said, and also condemned their "apparent lack of impartiality" on the matter.
But Messi's father's testimony appears to have been the last shot before the white flag was hoisted.
The lack of a release clause could have dramatically changed the situation for Manchester City if the Barcelona captain had been willing to tear up his contract and let a tribunal decide on his transfer fee.
Messi also revealed that his family was shocked and left emotionally behind by his initial decision to leave
La Liga replied immediately, reiterating their position, accusing the Messi statement of ripping out of context the clause cited from his contract.
The league put its weight behind Barcelona's claims that Messi was under contract for another year and had a buy-out clause of € 700m. The statement was released on August 30th.
The statement said: "The contract is currently in force and includes a release clause in case Messi decides to unilaterally terminate it."
La Liga’s stance also threatened to block his move, although it would be outside of his jurisdiction if Messi moved to England from Spain.