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Lionel Messi Admits That He Came Close to Leaving Barcelona in 2016 Due to Tax Fraud Row

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Argentina and Barcelona talisman, Lionel Messi has made a huge revelation, recently admitting that he wanted to leave the Catalan giants back in July 2016 after getting involved in a tax fraud incident with the Spanish authorities.

The 32-year-old and his father, Jorge were found guilty of tax fraud and were handed a 21-month suspended prison sentence, with the player also being ordered to pay a fine. Messi for his part has admitted that the situation led him to thinking about leaving the country, something which had nothing to do with the club but with the way he was being treated by the government's authorities.

"At that time, with the mess of the treasury, I wanted to leave, not for wanting to leave Barca but wanting to leave Spain. I felt that I was being very mistreated and I didn't want to stay here. I never had an official offer because everyone knew my idea to stay here," he said to Catalan language radio station RAC1.

"It was very difficult for me and my family because people don't know much about what's going on.
The truth is that it was hard for everything that happened but it is better that my children were small and did not know. It was very difficult for me and my family because people don't know much about what's going on."

The striker who came through the youth academy at the club, has remained with them for his entire career, with many believing that he will see out the rest of his playing days with them.

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