Speaking in his farewell press conference, an emotional Lionel Messi gave his final words before leaving the club.

“A lot of beautiful things happened here, bad things too, that made me grow and become the person I am today.

“I never imagined going like this because I never thought about it. We couldn’t have the fans in the stadiums over the last year and have a proper farewell with the supporters singing my name. But it is what it is. The love of the people was always the same despite everything we have gone through.

“I hope to return someday to be part of this club again.”