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Messi: Why I almost leave Barcelona

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Barcelona fans will be shocked to hear their greatest ever player wanted to leave at one stage

The Argentinian was investigated for tax fraud in 2013, which put a strain on his relationship with the club and more so Spain as a country.

Messi and his father Jorge were both found guilty in 2016 of defrauding the Spanish government of 4.2m  Euros (£3.7m).

And Messi admits the whole ordeal made him think twice about spending the rest of his career at the Nou Camp.

“There were moments in which I was tired for so many reasons,” he told RAC1.”There were times, in 2013 and 2014 when I had the problem with the Hacienda [Spanish tax authorities].

“In that time I had in my head to leave, not because I wanted to leave Barca, but because I wanted to leave Spain.”

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