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'You deserved a proper goodbye... not to get kicked out' - Messi criticises Barca over Suarez treatment

Having decided to remain at the club, the Argentine superstar is unhappy with how his departing team-mate has been forced to leave.

Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi share a hug.
Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi share a hug.
Image: SIPA USA/PA Images

LIONEL MESSI SAYS nothing at Barcelona surprises him anymore with the captain adamant Luis Suarez has been “kicked out” of the club.

On Wednesday, it was announced Atletico Madrid had reached an agreement with their LaLiga rivals to sign the 33-year-old.

Ex-Liverpool striker Suarez scored 198 goals in 283 appearances for Barca following a £74 million move in 2014, but does not figure in the plans of new head coach Ronald Koeman, who replaced Quique Setien in August.

“It will be strange to see you with another shirt and much more to face you,” Messi said on Instagram.

“You deserved the goodbye 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.”

Messi had informed Barcelona earlier this summer he wished to active a clause in his contract to leave on a free transfer, but has decided to remain at the Nou Camp for the season and will captain the side for a third consecutive campaign.

 

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