An emotional Lionel Messi has revealed he expected to extend his stay at Barcelona.

It was announced on Thursday the six-time Ballon d'Or winner would not sign a new contract with his boyhood club, with president Joan Laporta saying a day later that the former regime at Barca in addition to La Liga spending rules had thwarted any hopes of the Argentinian staying in Catalonia.

Speaking at his farewell press conference on Sunday morning, the tearful 34-year-old forward said: "This year, my family and I were convinced we were going to stay at home, that's what we all wanted more than anything.

"We'd always made this our own, we were at home. We thought we would be staying here in Barcelona. But today, we have to say goodbye to all of this."

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He added: "I did everything possible and the club, Laporta, they couldn't do it because of La Liga.

"I've heard things said about me, that I didn't want to continue, but on my life, we did everything we could because I wanted to stay.

"Last year, I didn't want to stay and I said it; this year, I wanted to stay and we couldn't."

Messi confirmed he had agreed to take a 50% wage cut during negotiations over a new deal.

He said: "I offered to reduce my salary by 50% and they didn't ask me for anything else.

"The news that I'd asked for 30% more is a lie. We did everything we could and it wasn't possible."

Messi did not reveal where his next club destination would be, but after French newspaper L'Equipe reported on Friday that he was set to join Paris Saint-Germain after their manager Mauricio Pochettino told reporters that his compatriot Messi was an "option".

The Argentine confirmed that PSG was "a possibility". However, he insisted that at this moment in time, he has not agreed a move anywhere.

"That's honestly one possibility, to reach those heights, but I've got nothing confirmed with anybody," he said.

"When the press release was published, I had a lot of calls and a lot of clubs were interested.

"At the moment, I've not got anything closed, but we are talking about a lot of things."