Lionel Messi has expressed his displeasure at Barcelona over the decision of the club to “throw out” teammate and close friend Luis Suarez.
Messi himself made effort to leave the Nuo Camp this summer after enduring a a frustrating end to the 2019-20 campaign, but the club blocked that move.
Having endured a frustrating end to the 2019-20 campaign, a six-time Ballon d’Or winner pushed for the exits in Catalunya.
However, most of his teammates have been allowed to move on, with Ronald Koeman deeming Suarez to be surplus to requirements shortly after being announced as successor to ousted coach Quique Setien.
Suarez is now crossing a La Liga divide to link up with Atletico Madrid, with a memorable six-year spell with Barca being brought to a halt.
The Uruguayan striker had starred for the Blaugrana, with one of the most devastating partnerships in world football struck up between two talented South Americans.
With the bond now broken, Messi could not hide his disgust at the decision.
The Barca has made an Instagram post: “I had already begun to imagine it but today I went into the dressing room and it truly dawned on me. It’s going to be so difficult to not continue to share every day with you both on the pitches and away from them.
“We’re going to miss you so much. We spent many years together, many lunches and many dinners. So many things we will never forget, all the time we spent together.
“It will be strange to see you in another shirt and much more to come up against you on the pitch. You deserved a farewell that fit with who you are: one of the most important players in the history of the club. Someone who achieved great things for the team and on an individual level.
“You did not deserve for them to throw you out like they did. But the truth is that at this stage nothing surprises me anymore.”
Suarez scored 198 goals for Barcelona through just 283 appearances, with his impressive strike rate complementing that of Messi.