Lionel Messi has launched a new vicious attack against the Barcelona board, accusing them of disrespecting Luis Suarez and effectively expelling him from the club.
Suarez, 33, had said he wanted to stay at Barça this season, even if it meant taking on a backup role, but eventually agreed to leave after new coach Ronald Koeman announced he was not part of the plans. him.
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Barça announced on Wednesday that they have agreed on a deal to transfer him to La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid, removing Messi’s best friend from the locker room and further isolating his star player.
“It will be strange to see you in a different shirt and an even stranger to play against you,” Messi wrote on Instagram on Friday, a day after saying goodbye to Suarez at a Camp Nou event.
“You deserve to retire from who you are: one of the most important players in the history of the club, winning things as part of a group and individually. Not for them to kick you like they did. But the truth is that nothing it doesn’t surprise me anymore. “
Messi’s comments are further evidence of the breakdown in 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 did not want to betray the club he loves, to be sued for a clause in his contract that his legal team thinks he can leave for free.
However, several of Messi’s closest allies at the club have left, including Suarez and Arturo Vidal.
“How hard it will be not to share with you every day, both on and off the field,” Messi added 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 in this new challenge. “
Neymar, who played with Messi and Suarez in Barcelona for three seasons and won Treble with them in 2014-15, commented on the post: “It’s amazing how they do things.”
Messi first aired his complaints with the club’s management when he took to Instagram in February to call former sporting director Eric Abidal, who blamed the players for the dismissal of former coach Ernesto Valverde.
During the blockade caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Messi and his teammates complained of leaks at the club as they negotiated pay cuts to help Barca cope with the aftermath of the pandemic.
Finally, 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 remain at Camp Nou at least until 2021, when his existing contract expires. .
The Argentine international accused Bartomeu of lying to him and said it had been years since the club had a proper project, saying they were “juggling things and plugging holes while things go by”.