“It was a very difficult year, I suffered a lot in training, in games and in the dressing room. Everything became very difficult for me and there came a time when I considered looking for new goals, new airs.
“It did not come because of the Champions League result against Bayern, the decision I had been thinking about for a long time.
“I told the president and well, the president always said that at the end of the season I could decide if I wanted to go or if I wanted to stay and in the end he did not end up keeping his word.”
La Liga president Javier Tebas claimed he was “never seriously worried” Messi would leave Barcelona in the summer.