Lionel Messi has revealed he will remain at Barcelona, choosing to stay with the club he's played for during his entire professional career rather than move forward with a legal battle.

Messi informed Barcelona in writing that he would exercise a clause in his contract that allowed him to leave the club unilaterally.

Messi will be allowed to leave Barcelona in 2021 on a free transfer.

Manchester City was considered the favorites to sign Messi if he won his freedom.