Messi took to his Instagram account to express his feelings about Luis Suarez’s departure: “I had already begun to imagine it but today I went into the dressing room and it truly dawned on me. It’s going to be so difficult to not continue to share every day with you both on the pitches and away from them,” Lionel Messi wrote in his farewell message to Luis Suarez on his verified Instagram account.
“We’re going to miss you so much. We spent many years together, drunk many mates (teas), had many lunches and many dinners. So many things we will never forget, all the time we spent together.
“It will be strange to see you in another shirt and much more to come up against you on the pitch. You deserved a farewell that fit with who you are: one of the most important players in the history of the club.
“Someone who achieved great things for the team and on an individual level. You did not deserve for them to throw you out like they did. But the truth is that at this stage nothing surprises me anymore.”
Luis Suarez officially left Barca for Atletico Madrid on Thursday. The 33-year-old was shown the door by Ronald Koeman after telling him he wasn’t counting on him going into the next campaign.
Josep Maria Bartomeu was also involved in Suarez’s move out as the club desperately needed to reduce their wage bill due to the Covid-19 crisis.