Why Lionel Messi wasn’t at Andres Iniesta’s press conference to announce Barcelona exit

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Barcelona icon Andres Iniesta announced last week that he would leave the club at the end of the season in an emotional press conference that many of his teammates attended.

Having helped the Catalan giants to the La Liga title this past weekend, the 33-year-old will leave the Nou Camp having won 35 trophies in his career at club and international level in a glittering spell.

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While he has yet to announce his next move, he has now confirmed that he will move on this summer, and as seen in the image and video below, several of his Barcelona teammates attended the press conference as he struggled to hold back the tears when making his announcement.

The absences of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez did raise question marks, although given the success and time that the players have spent with each other, it wasn’t assumed that it was something negative keeping them away.

Spanish football expert and Sky Sports pundit Guillem Balague has now explained why Messi wasn’t there, and particularly given that there are still a few weeks until Iniesta officially leaves and plays his last game for Barcelona, there will undoubtedly be plenty of opportunities for Messi to partake in celebrations to mark the end of his time at the club.

As for last week, he was busy with family commitments, as explained in the tweets below, and so it rules out any speculation or rumours that the Argentine international chose not to be there which ultimately would have been quite bizarre given what Iniesta has done for the club.

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