Five time Barcelona captain Lionel Messi and Ballon Dor winner has shown he considered leaving the club in 2013.
The Argentina international, who has been in Barcelona since he was 13 and is now their all-time high scorer, stated he believedbadly handled by Spain when he was investigated for tax fraud at 2013.
He was found guilty in 2016 with his father Jorge of defrauding the Spanish government of 4.2m between 2007 and 2009 over income earned from picture rights.
Messi ordered to pay a fine of $ 2m and was handed a prison sentence of 21 months. However, he did not serve any prison time afterwards he managed to exchange his sentence to get a fine of $250,000, as in Spain defendants without a conviction are allowed to serve any sentence of under two years on probation.
He was investigated in 2013, starting lots of of tax fraud cases against high-profile footballers in Spain such as Javier Mascherano, Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo.
Sincerely, in the time, I thought of leaving, Messi confessed to Barcelona-based radio channel RAC1 in an interview broadcast on Wednesday.
Not due to Barcelona but because I wished to leave Spain, I felt quite poorly treated and I did not want to keep here no more.
I had my doors open to a lot of clubs but I never got an official deal because everybody knew I needed to remain. This scenario went beyond my feelings for Barca.
Messi also implied that the Spanish tax authorities made an example because they cracked down following the financial crisis hit of Spain.
I had been the first and that is why they came down really hard on me. They showed that it was likely to be like that for everyone and created an example of me. It was hard for everything that was happening at that time, he explained.
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