Barcelona followers breathed a sigh of reduction on Friday after Lionel Messi ended weeks of hypothesis by saying he had determined, with reluctance, to remain on the membership.
Messi, who made a shock announcement that he needed to depart his lifelong membership final month, mentioned he would see out his contract till 2021 with a purpose to keep away from taking Barca to courtroom.
“If he can stay for one more year and we can make the most of him and go see him play at the stadium, for me it’s very positive,” mentioned FC Barcelona fan Oriol Vives, 31.
Jorge Sos, 39, added: “I think it’s good news for Barcelona because he is the best player in the world.”
Yet some followers felt the saga had soured Messi’s relationship with the membership.
“I think it’s good he isn’t leaving but with all the mess he has created, to be honest, it is not good for Barcelona because he doesn’t give the impression he wants to play for the team,” mentioned Sergi Roda, 24.
The 33-year-old Argentine ahead took a swipe on the membership’s management in the course of the announcement that he would keep.
“The management of the club led by (president Josep Maria) Bartomeu is a disaster,” he was quoted as saying.
It was a sentiment echoed by some Barca followers on Friday.
“The whole situation has been very unpleasant,” mentioned Jordi Marti, 43. “I think that the majority of the fault is the management’s.”