Luis Suarez, who hit 198 goals for Barcelona, becoming the third highest goalscorer in the history of the club, cried as he bid an impromptu farewell to the club on Thursday.
Messi has a long-running feud with the club president which intensified after Barcelona were humiliated 8-2 by Bayern in a Champions League quarter-final in August. Messi tried to force his exit from Barcelona but finally accepted that he would have to see out the final year of his contract. On the other side, two of his closest friends on the team, Suarez and the Arturo Vidal have gone. Suarez moves to Atletico on a two-year contract on a free transfer.
Lionel Messi bid an emotional farewell on Friday to Suarez, the day after the Uruguayan striker had said tearful goodbyes to Barcelona after the club sent him to Atletico Madrid. “Today I went into the dressing room and the awful truth hit me,” Messi posted on Instagram, before renewing his criticism of club management. “You deserved to be sent off as what you are: one of the most important players in the history of the club,” Messi wrote. “And not to be fired in the way they did it.” “The truth is that at this point nothing surprises me anymore.” It was evident that Messi was disturbed by this and his metal with the Barca management was evident.