sport news Messi reveals son Thiago's heartbroken reaction to the icon's Barcelona exit ...

'My whole family began crying, my children didn't want to leave Barcelona': Lionel Messi reveals the 'brutal drama' after informing his loved ones that he was sensationally ready to end his time at the Nou Camp Lionel Messi has decided to remain at Barcelona despite his transfer request  The Argentine wanted to force a move but has revealed he will reluctantly stay   Messi was touted for a transfer to Manchester City after a poor season for Barca The star opened up on a heartbreaking chat with son Thiago before the U-turn

By Toby Miles For Mailonline

Published: 17:56 BST, 4 September 2020 | Updated: 17:57 BST, 4 September 2020

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Lionel Messi has opened up on the emotional moment he told his son Thiago that he would leave Barcelona, before the icon's sudden decision to stay in Catalonia. 

Messi has reluctantly opted to stay in Catalonia after stunning the sport with his transfer request, but the Argentine's contempt for the Barca board is intact after their bitter clashes in the aftermath of a disastrous season.  

A one-club-man, a move to suitors Manchester City would have meant

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