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‘Bottle-job’ – Ronaldo fans lay into Messi after shock Barca u-turn

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Barcelona fans may be on cloud nine now that Messi is staying. But for Ronaldo fans, the Argentine’s u-turn was no great shock at all…

Lionel Messi performed a ‘shock’ u-turn on Friday evening by announcing he will stay at Barcelona after all, despite attempting to walk out of the club this summer as a free agent.

The Argentine confirmed his decision in an interview with Goal in Catalonia. He explained that his reluctance to take Barcelona to court over their refusal to make his contract void, on top of the fact nobody would pay his €700m release clause, convinced him to stay put for another season.

“I am going to continue in the club because the president told me that the only way to leave was to pay the €700 million (£624m/$823m) clause and that this is impossible,” said Messi.

“There was another way, and it was to go to trial.

“I would never go to court against Barca because it is the club that I love, which gave me everything since I arrived.

“It is the club of my life, I have made my life here. Barca gave me everything and I gave it everything. I know that it never crossed my mind to take Barca to court.”

So the big question on whether Messi can cut it in the Premier League, or any league outside LaLiga, remains unknown…

But for Cristiano Ronaldo fans, this decision just proved their point as we check out their reactions on social media.