Lionel Messi has hit at out at the Barcelona hierarchy, over the way his now former team-mate Luis Suarez’s has left the club to Atletico Madrid.
Luiz suarez, who today signed for La Liga rivals Atletico for a fee £5.5m after the two clubs agreed a fee for the 33-year-old.
It would be recalled that new Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman told Suarez last month that he was not part of his plans for the 2020/21 season.
A tearful Suarez was tearful in a press conference on Thursday afternoon while saying his goodbye revealed that he felt “proud” of the attacking partnership and friendship he cultivated with Messi during his six-year stay in Catalonia.
However, reacting to his friend’s departure, Messi, who also came close to leaving the Nou Camp earlier in the transfer window before reversing his threat to end his contract unilaterally, slammed the club’s management of Suarez’s treatment.
He wrote on Instagram: “You deserved a fitting farewell for the person that you are: one of the best players in the club’s history, having achieved incredible things both individually and collectively.
Suarez was close to signing for Juventus before the club agreed a deal with Atletico
“You didn’t deserve to be pushed out the way they did, but the truth is nothing surprises me anymore.
“I was gradually accepting it, but when I got into the dressing room today, how hard it’s going to be to no longer have you around in the day-to-day on and off the pitch really dawned on me.
“We’re going to miss you so much. It’s been so many years, so many mates (a tea-like drink), lunches, dinners… There are so many things that will never be forgotten after being together every day.
“It will be strange to see you in another kit and even more so to play against you…
“I wish you all the best for your new challenge. Sending love to you and your family. See you soon, mate.”
The Uruguan striker who was close to joining Italian giant Juventus before an agreement was reached with Atletico,.
His move to Juventus fell through, and Alvaro Morata has since re-joined the club on a season-long loan from Atletico.
Suarez leaves Barcelona as the club’s third-highest scorer of all-time after scoring 198 goals, he won 13 major trophies since arriving from Liverpool for £74m in 2014.