Lionel Messi has revealed that the investigation from the Spanish tax authorities almost made him leave Barcelona.
The Argentine and his father were found guilty in a 4.1 million euros tax fraud between 2007 and 2009.
This led to him bagging a 21-months suspended prison sentence.
Speaking on how it was for him during the period, Messi told Catalan radio station, RAC1: “In 2013-14, when I started having the tax problems, it was very difficult for me and my family.
“My children were young and we had a very bad time. At that time, I had it in mind to leave, not because I wanted to leave Barca but because I wanted to leave Spain. I felt mistreated and I didn’t want to be here anymore.”
Messi whose deal with Barcelona expires in 2021 stated that extending it “will not be a problem”.
“Today it is clearer that my idea is to finish here.
“For now, I am at the club, for what I feel, and for the family and the children and how settled we are in this city. I would not like to disrupt that.
“Of course, anything can happen but in principle, the idea is to stay here,” he added.