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Lionel Messi: Fans chant Barcelona legend's name during Joan Gamper Trophy game versus Juventus; Watch video

The Barca legend is expected to join Paris Saint-Germain after spending 21 years with the Catalan giants
Lionel Messi.

Our Bureau   |   Published 09.08.21, 03:54 PM

Fans are finding it difficult to come to terms with a Lionel Messi-less Barcelona. 

On Sunday's Joan Gamper Trophy game between Barcelona and Juventus, which the Catalans won 3-0, a section of fans at the Estadi Johan Cryuff chanted Messi's name, clearly indicating a void the Argentine has left after leaving the Spanish giants.

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Here's a video clip that shows how much Messi means for the Blaugranes.

Struggling to control his emotions, Lionel Messi said on Sunday in his farewell to Barcelona that he wasn't prepared to leave the club. Messi began crying even before he started speaking at his farewell ceremony at the Camp Nou Stadium, and had to stop talking to compose himself few times. "This is very hard for me after so many years, after being here my entire life," he said. "I wasn't prepared."

Messi said that, unlike last year when he asked to leave, he had his mind set on staying with Barcelona and did everything possible to make it happen. He added that he was surprised to hear he wouldn't be able to stay because of the club's debt and the Spanish league's financial fair play regulations.

"In these last few days I was thinking about what I would say today, but to be honest I couldn't come up with anything. I was blocked, like I still am right now," Messi said.

"I was convinced that we would remain with the club, which is our home."

Messi's family and some of his teammates were at the Camp Nou for the emotional farewell. He was applauded several times by those in the audience.



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