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I had ‘very bad time’ in summer- Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi says his failed attempt to leave Barcelona in the summer has affected his form this season.

In August the Argentina forward said he wanted to exercise a clause in his contract which he said allowed him to leave on a free transfer.

But Barcelona refused, saying his 700m euro (£624m) release clause had to be met.

Messi equalled Brazil legend Pele’s record of 643 goals for a club by scoring for Barcelona in Saturday’s draw against Valencia.

It was Messi’s ninth goal in 17 appearances this season for Barcelona, who are fifth in La Liga.

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