‘You did not deserve to be kicked out.. but at his point nothing surprises me’: Lionel Messi SLAMS Barcelona board for their treatment of Luis Suarez as he pens emotional goodbye post to his best friend
Messi was embroiled in a transfer saga with the Catalan club this summer as the 33-year-old sought to trigger a clause in his contract that would allow him to walk away for free, ending a near-two decade spell with the club.
The Argentine eventually waved the white flag in his pursuit of an exit, so as to avoid a huge legal battle with the club who disputed the eligibility of the clause.
Lionel Messi (R) has bid an emotional farewell to team-mate Luis Suarez (L) following his exit
The Uruguayan striker has left the club after Ronald Koeman saw no future for the forward
Barcelona, however, saw no issue in allowing Suarez to leave for free, though, with new boss Ronald Koeman deeming the Uruguayan had no future with the club moving forwards.
Suarez and Messi have formed a formidable partnership both on and off the pitch since his arrival from Liverpool in 2014, and the maverick striker’s departure comes as another blow to one of the game’s greatest players.
And Messi has taken to Instagram to bid farewell to his attacking partner, before taking another dig at the club’s hierarchy.
Messi and Suarez formed a formidable partnership both on and off the pitch in Spain
Messi and Suarez’s families were close and regularly spent time together in Catalonia
The Argentine fired another shot at the club’s hierarchy over their handling of Suarez’s exit
‘I was already getting the idea but today I entered the locker room and the card really fell,’ he wrote. ‘How difficult it is going to be not to continue sharing the day to day with you, both on the courts and outside.
‘We will miss them so much. It was many years, many mates, lunches, dinners … Many things that will never be forgotten, every day together.
‘It will be strange to see you with another shirt and much more to face you. You deserved to be fired for what you are: one of the most important players in the club’s history, achieving important things both as a group and individually.
Messi wrote in an Instagram post that his team-mate did not deserve to leave the way he has
Messi has been at odds with club president Josep Bartomeu, which has spilled over publicly
‘And not to get kicked out like they did. But the truth is that at this point nothing surprises me.
‘I wish you all the best in this new challenge. I love you very much, I love you very much. See you soon friend.’