Farewell to Barcelona
The life of an athlete is made by challenges. Some are given to us. Others are fruits of our own decisions to keep the light that illuminates our career, which is intense, but short. Barcelona was much more than a challenge, it was the dream of a child who played with those stars through the video game.
I arrived at Catalonia when I was 21 years old, filled with challenges. I remember my first days in the club, sharing the dressing room with idols like Messi, Valdés, Xavi, Iniesta, Puyol, Piqué, Busquets and others with the expectation of playing in a club that is ‘more than a club’. Barcelona is a club that represents Catalonia!
I had the honour of playing with the greatest athlete I’ve ever seen in my life and I’m sure I will not see another better, Messi became my partner, friend on and off the pitch. Proud to play with you. I formed an attack with Messi and Luis Suarez that is left for the story. I have conquered everything an athlete can conquer.
I have lived unforgettable moments! I live in a city that is more than a city, it is a homeland. I love Barcelona and Catalunya.
But an athlete needs challenges. And for the second time in my life I will take the opposite of my father. Papa, I understand and respect your opinion, but my decision is taken, I ask you to support me as you have always done.
Barcelona and Catalunya will always be in my heart but I need new challenges.
I have accepted the proposal of PSG to find new achievements and help the club achieve the titles that the fans expect. I have presented a daring career plan and I am prepared for this challenge.
I thank the affection of the Blaugrana fans and all that I have learned from the athletes with whom I have shared a dressing room.
I also feel in my heart that the time has come to leave. PSG will be my new home for the next few years and I will work to honour the trust they place in my football.
I count on the support of all. Fans, my friends, the professionals who accompany me and my family, who have suffered a lot with problems that have occurred in this period of my career and deserve peace.
It is a difficult decision, but taken with the maturity of my 25 years. Barcelona, gracios per tot! May God bless and protect us.