Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has sent an emotional message to striker and friend, Luis Suarez, after the Uruguay international announced his departure from the club on Thursday.
Suarez announced his exit from Barcelona after six years at Camp Nou on Thursday, and he is set to join La Liga rivals, Atletico Madrid.
Reacting, Messi in a post via his official Instagram account on Friday, wished Suarez all the best, adding that he loves the player very much.
“I was already getting the idea, but today I entered the locker room, and the card really fell. How difficult it is 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. 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.”
Messi and Suarez formed a formidable partnership both on and off the pitch since 2014.