Lionel Messi has revealed how his wife Antonella Roccuzzo and their children reacted the news that he wanted to leave Barcelona. The Argentine handed in a transfer request last month as he looked to walk away for free. However, Barca said he could only leave if his £624million (€700m) release clause was met.

But the 33-year-old says it is “impossible” for any team to pay that fee and he has now decided to stay with Barca for the upcoming 2020/21 season.

The news will come as a relief to his family, who Messi said cried when he told them of his plans to leave.

“When I communicated my wish to leave to my wife and children, it was a brutal drama,” Messi told Goal.

“The whole family began crying, my children did not want to leave Barcelona, nor did they want to change schools.

ALSO SEE: Man City and Man Utd still have Lionel Messi transfer hope

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Lionel Messi wife: How did Antonella Roccuzzo react to the transfer saga? (Image: GETTY)

“I love Barcelona and I’m not going to find a better place than here anywhere. Still, I have the right to decide.

“I was going to look for new goals and new challenges. And tomorrow I could go back, because here in Barcelona I have everything.”Who is Lionel Messi’s wife?

Messi is married to his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo, who was born in Rosario, Argentina.

Lionel Messi wife Antonella Roccuzzo

Lionel Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo have been married since 2017 (Image: GETTY)

Lionel Messi family

Lionel Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo have three children (Image: GETTY)

The pair tied the knot in 2017 after going public with their relationship in 2008.

In November 2016, Roccuzzo posted on Instagram stating that she had signed a modelling contract with Argentine fashion label Ricky Sarkany.Do they have children?

The star and his wife have three sons together: Thiago, Mateo, and Ciro.

And though the pair are happy with their family, Messi is hoping to one day have a daughter.

He said: “Yes, I want a nena [girl], we are happy with the birth of Ciro but we want a nena now.

“As a father, I am what I learn at home. I try to be a reflection of what the kids teach me. And I help Anto.”

Lionel Messi has revealed how his wife Antonella Roccuzzo and their children reacted the news that he wanted to leave Barcelona. The Argentine handed in a transfer request last month as he looked to walk away for free. However, Barca said he could only leave if his £624million (€700m) release clause was met.

But the 33-year-old says it is “impossible” for any team to pay that fee and he has now decided to stay with Barca for the upcoming 2020/21 season.

The news will come as a relief to his family, who Messi said cried when he told them of his plans to leave.

“When I communicated my wish to leave to my wife and children, it was a brutal drama,” Messi told Goal.

“The whole family began crying, my children did not want to leave Barcelona, nor did they want to change schools.

ALSO SEE: Man City and Man Utd still have Lionel Messi transfer hope

Lionel Messi wife

Lionel Messi wife: How did Antonella Roccuzzo react to the transfer saga? (Image: GETTY)

“I love Barcelona and I’m not going to find a better place than here anywhere. Still, I have the right to decide.

“I was going to look for new goals and new challenges. And tomorrow I could go back, because here in Barcelona I have everything.”Who is Lionel Messi’s wife?

Messi is married to his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo, who was born in Rosario, Argentina.

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Lionel Messi wife Antonella Roccuzzo

Lionel Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo have been married since 2017 (Image: GETTY)

Lionel Messi family

Lionel Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo have three children (Image: GETTY)

The pair tied the knot in 2017 after going public with their relationship in 2008.

In November 2016, Roccuzzo posted on Instagram stating that she had signed a modelling contract with Argentine fashion label Ricky Sarkany.Do they have children?

The star and his wife have three sons together: Thiago, Mateo, and Ciro.

And though the pair are happy with their family, Messi is hoping to one day have a daughter.

He said: “Yes, I want a nena [girl], we are happy with the birth of Ciro but we want a nena now.

“As a father, I am what I learn at home. I try to be a reflection of what the kids teach me. And I help Anto.”

Lionel Messi has revealed how his wife Antonella Roccuzzo and their children reacted the news that he wanted to leave Barcelona. The Argentine handed in a transfer request last month as he looked to walk away for free. However, Barca said he could only leave if his £624million (€700m) release clause was met.

But the 33-year-old says it is “impossible” for any team to pay that fee and he has now decided to stay with Barca for the upcoming 2020/21 season.

The news will come as a relief to his family, who Messi said cried when he told them of his plans to leave.

“When I communicated my wish to leave to my wife and children, it was a brutal drama,” Messi told Goal.

“The whole family began crying, my children did not want to leave Barcelona, nor did they want to change schools.

ALSO SEE: Man City and Man Utd still have Lionel Messi transfer hope

Lionel Messi wife

Lionel Messi wife: How did Antonella Roccuzzo react to the transfer saga? (Image: GETTY)

“I love Barcelona and I’m not going to find a better place than here anywhere. Still, I have the right to decide.

“I was going to look for new goals and new challenges. And tomorrow I could go back, because here in Barcelona I have everything.”Who is Lionel Messi’s wife?

Messi is married to his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo, who was born in Rosario, Argentina.

Lionel Messi wife Antonella Roccuzzo

Lionel Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo have been married since 2017 (Image: GETTY)

Lionel Messi family

Lionel Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo have three children (Image: GETTY)

The pair tied the knot in 2017 after going public with their relationship in 2008.

In November 2016, Roccuzzo posted on Instagram stating that she had signed a modelling contract with Argentine fashion label Ricky Sarkany.Do they have children?

The star and his wife have three sons together: Thiago, Mateo, and Ciro.

And though the pair are happy with their family, Messi is hoping to one day have a daughter.

He said: “Yes, I want a nena [girl], we are happy with the birth of Ciro but we want a nena now.

“As a father, I am what I learn at home. I try to be a reflection of what the kids teach me. And I help Anto.”

Lionel Messi has revealed how his wife Antonella Roccuzzo and their children reacted the news that he wanted to leave Barcelona. The Argentine handed in a transfer request last month as he looked to walk away for free. However, Barca said he could only leave if his £624million (€700m) release clause was met.

But the 33-year-old says it is “impossible” for any team to pay that fee and he has now decided to stay with Barca for the upcoming 2020/21 season.

The news will come as a relief to his family, who Messi said cried when he told them of his plans to leave.

“When I communicated my wish to leave to my wife and children, it was a brutal drama,” Messi told Goal.

“The whole family began crying, my children did not want to leave Barcelona, nor did they want to change schools.

Lionel Messi wife

Lionel Messi wife: How did Antonella Roccuzzo react to the transfer saga? (Image: GETTY)

“I love Barcelona and I’m not going to find a better place than here anywhere. Still, I have the right to decide.

“I was going to look for new goals and new challenges. And tomorrow I could go back, because here in Barcelona I have everything.”Who is Lionel Messi’s wife?

Messi is married to his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo, who was born in Rosario, Argentina.

Lionel Messi wife Antonella Roccuzzo

Lionel Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo have been married since 2017 (Image: GETTY)

Lionel Messi family

Lionel Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo have three children (Image: GETTY)

The pair tied the knot in 2017 after going public with their relationship in 2008.

In November 2016, Roccuzzo posted on Instagram stating that she had signed a modelling contract with Argentine fashion label Ricky Sarkany.Do they have children?

The star and his wife have three sons together: Thiago, Mateo, and Ciro.

And though the pair are happy with their family, Messi is hoping to one day have a daughter.

He said: “Yes, I want a nena [girl], we are happy with the birth of Ciro but we want a nena now.

“As a father, I am what I learn at home. I try to be a reflection of what the kids teach me. And I help Anto.”