Barcelona president, Joan Laporta, has said that he is not sorry about his decision to allow Lionel Messi to leave Camp Nou last summer because he wanted to put the club ahead of everything.
Messi was forced to bid an emotional farewell to his boyhood club Barcelona after the Catalan giants were unable to renew his contract due to LaLiga regulations.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer from Barcelona.
Speaking on his decision to allow Messi to leave Barcelona, Joan Laporta told Barca TV: “It was painful.
“If I take stock, it’s the saddest decision of all and I would never have wanted to make it, but I’m not sorry either because I wanted to put the institution ahead of everything, even ahead of coaches and the best player in history.
Joan Laporta said we had to do it. Because the situation we inherited is what it was. And due to a lot of will and intentionality we had, we came across a reality.”