In statements to Radio Catalunya, Messi said that during the tax evasion case he and his father felt that Spain had mistreated him.
Messi and his father were sentenced to 21 months in prison, suspended.
Messi said: “At that time and chaos with the Ministry of Finance, I wanted to leave, not because of Barcelona, but I wanted to leave Spain.”
“I felt that they had mistreated me and did not want to stay. I did not get any official offer because everyone knew at that time that the general idea for me was to stay in Barcelona.”
“It was difficult for me and my family because not everyone knows what happened,” he said.
Messi, 32, remains at the top of the world’s players, and last year he won the Golden Ball award for the sixth time in his career to be the most player in history to receive the award.
Messi has played in Barcelona since 2001 and made a history that may not be repeated at the Catalan club.
Messi’s contract with Barcelona extends to 2021 and reports say he may leave the club, especially as he previously said he wishes to play for his former club Newell Old Boys.
The Argentine participated in 4 world cups and lost the title in 2014 after the defeat against Germany 1-0.
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