How Barcelona will cope in my absence -Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi has expressed optimism that Barcelona will cope without him after officially announcing his departure from the club.


The superstar said though it could be difficult for the club to cope in the beginning, there are quality players that will make the club survive the storm.


He said this during a press conference on Sunday.


Asked how he thinks the club will cope without him, Messi said, “Barcelona is one of the best teams in the world, they have an amazing line-up.


“A lot of players will come and go, and like Joan Laporta said, this club is more important than any one person.


“People will get used to it, at first it will be weird but like everything, people will get used to it.


“They have great players, a great squad and in the end, it will be easy for them.”

On how he will cope with Barcelona, the footballer said, “It’s going to be a difficult change, especially for my family because they thought they were going to stay in this city.


“I’ve got nothing confirmed with anybody [any other club]. At the moment the press release came out, I had a lot of calls. There is nothing closed but we are talking about a lot of things.


“I value this club [Barcelona] a lot, I’ve always tried to manage myself with humility and respect and understand the importance of wearing the Barca shirt.


“I want people to recognise that from me, as well as the game on the pitch.


“I’m very grateful for the career that I’ve had but especially in Barcelona, the titles that we’ve won, the defeats as well because they made me learn and grow.


“When we’ve won titles, I celebrated them with my friends, family, and children. I have a lot of memories here and they are all really good.”


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