Messi angry on Barca, emotional for Suarez
Published: 08:49 PM, 25 September 2020
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Messi involved himself in many discussions over leaving Barcelona last month. But this time he gets angry on Barca for “kicking out” his close friend Luis Suarez.
Messi was angry with the way things ended for Suarez but said “at this point nothing surprises me”.
“I was already getting the idea but today (Friday) I entered the dressing room and the penny really dropped,” Messi wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of him and Suarez following the latter’s farewell news conference on Thursday.
“It will be strange to see you in another shirt and more so to face you. You deserved to leave like 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, we love you very much. See you soon, friend,” the Insagram post said.
Koeman’s treatment of the former Liverpool star was believed to be one of the motivating factors behind Messi’s desire to force a sensational exit from Camp Nou, but he said president Josep Maria Bartomeu made a move “impossible” by going back on his word to let him leave for free.
Suarez was one of the best performers in the club’s history, scoring 198 goals in 283 appearances. He won four league titles, four Copa del Reys and a Champions League.
Barca this week let Suarez leave for Atletico in a €6million deal, with new head coach Ronald Koeman having told him he was surplus to requirements.
Suarez joined La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid on Thursday. He was so emotional in his farewell press conference.
“I leave with the feeling that I have fulfilled expectations,” he said.
“I expected it because it had been said already before the coach told me but I can accept it. Players sometimes need a change, the club needed a change and this case the coach didn’t want me,” Suarez added.