Barcelona fans gathered outside Lionel Messi’s house, eager for a glimpse of the club’s greatest football player, have spoken of their sadness at the Argentinian leaving after 21 years.
The date before, on Sunday, a tearful Messi bid farewell to the club he spent his entire career at.
Messi said he had agreed to a 50-percent pay cut in order to stay at Barca and sign a new contract but was unable to finalise the deal due to the Spanish league’s financial control rules and the club’s huge debts.
“I feel devastated,” said fan Cristian Garcia, wearing a Barcelona shirt with Messi’s name and number 10 on the back.
“To see a player that I have always followed, who is an example for me, to see him leave now brings me a lot of pain.”
“I don’t think the club has done enough to make him stay, I think it was in the club’s hands to make him stay, beyond the money,” said Barca and Argentina fan Gonzalo Moreno.
Messi said that moving to PSG was “a possibility” but that he had not yet signed a deal.
French media have reported that he is on the verge of doing so, however.
There were no signs of movement around his house in the hills of the wealthy district of Castelldefels where he has made his home with his wife and three sons, although the player was expected to fly to Paris within a day or two.