Lionel Messi launched another ferocious attack on Barcelona’s board of directors, accusing them of disrespecting Luis Suarez and actually kicking him out of the club.
Suarez, 33, had said he wanted to stay at Barca this season, even if that meant taking on a reserve role, but ultimately agreed to leave after new manager Ronald Koeman told him it wasn’t part of his plans. .
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Barca announced Wednesday that they have agreed a deal to transfer them to La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid, removing Messi’s best friend from the locker room and further isolating their star.
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“It will be strange to see you in another shirt and even stranger to play against you,” Messi wrote on Instagram on Friday, the day after greeting Suarez at an event at Camp Nou.
“You deserved to leave for who you are: one of the most important players in club history, winning things as part of a group and individually. Not that they knock you out like they did. But the truth is, nothing surprises me. Anymore” .
Messi’s comments are further evidence of the breakup of the relationship between the striker and president Josep Maria Bartomeu, which led him to try to leave the club in August.
Messi decided to stay and said he didn’t want to take the club he loves to court for a clause in his contract that his legal team believed meant he could leave for free.
However, many of Messi’s closest allies at the club have left, including Suarez and Arturo Vidal.
“How hard it will be not to share every day with you, on and off the pitch,” added Messi on Instagram.
“We will miss you so much. So many years, so many friends [a South American caffeine-based drink], dinners … So many things that will never be forgotten, every day together. I wish you all the best for this new challenge “.
Neymar, who played alongside Messi and Suarez at Barcelona for three seasons and won the Treble with them in 2014-15, commented on the post: “It’s amazing how they do things.”
Messi first aired his grievances with club executives when he went to Instagram in February to call former sporting director Eric Abidal, who had blamed the players for firing former manager Ernesto Valverde.
During the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Messi and his teammates complained of losses at the club as they negotiated a pay cut to help Barca cope with the effects of the pandemic.
Ultimately, after failing to arrange a departure this summer, Messi was critical of Bartomeu and the board in an interview with Goal earlier this month when he announced he would stay at the Camp Nou until at least. 2021, when his existing contract will expire.
The Argentine international accused Bartomeu of lying to him and said it had been years since the club had a proper plan, saying they were “juggling and plugging holes as things go”.