Barcelona approves of Messi's decision to stay

Messi has been applauded for his brave decision to remain at the club on Friday. 

According to the 33year old, he had been forced to stay because President Josep Maria Bartomeu would not let him exercise a clause in his contract that allowed him to leave for free 

A post from Barcelona on Instagram with Messi wearing the club's new kit had a caption;

"I'm going to give my best,  my love for Barcelona will never change"