Messi Hits Out At Barcelona In Touching Farewell Message To Suarez

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Messi Hits Out At Barcelona In Touching Farewell Message To Suarez

Lionel Messi took a sly shot at the Barcelona board in his farewell message to his friend and now former teammate, Luis Suarez who joined Atletico Madrid.

Messi was on the verge of leaving Barca this summer, but instead decided to see out the remainder of his contract which expires in 2021.

Messi’s dispute with the board of the club and President Josep Bartomeu, however, persists. In his farewell message to Suarez, who joined Atletico Madrid, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner shared his general unhappiness with the club on social media on Friday morning.

In his post, Messi said: “You deserved to leave as what you are: one of the most important players in the club’s history, achieving important things both as a group and individually. And for them to kick you out like they have done.

“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.”

At a news conference Thursday, Suarez brushed away tears as he said his goodbyes.

The Uruguayan striker has signed a two-year deal at Atletico, the Spanish clubs confirmed on Wednesday, bringing to an end his six-year stint at the Camp Nou.

In the past years, Messi, previously known for his compassionate way away from the pitch, has stepped up his criticism of Barcelona.

He hit the then sports director Eric Abidal in January, targeted Barca President Bartomeu and the club board in April for their handling of a pay cut, while in July he gave a fiery post-match interview after failing to beat Osasuna, harshly condemning the performances of the team on the pitch.

Barca will start their 2020-21 La Liga campaign at home against Villarreal on Sunday.

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