Barcelona: Lionel Messi has criticised FC Barcelona’s management for forcing his attacking partner Luis Suarez out of the Spanish giants.
Suarez left for La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid despite having a year left on his contract.
New coach Ronald Koeman reportedly told Suarez that he his services were no longer needed.
Captain Messi had threatened to leave Barca last month and has been vocal about president Josep Maria Bartomeu’s leadership.
Messi said his Uruguayan team-mate Suarez was poorly treated.
“You deserved a farewell befitting who you are: one of the most important players in the history of the club, achieving great things for the team and on an individual level,” Messi wrote on his official Instagram account on Friday.
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Ya me venía haciendo la idea pero hoy entré al vestuario y me cayó la ficha de verdad. Que difícil va a ser no seguir compartiendo el día a día con vos, tanto en las canchas como afuera. Los vamos a extrañar muchísimo. Fueron muchos años, muchos mates, comidas, cenas… Muchas cosas que nunca se van a olvidar, todos los días juntos. Va a ser raro verte con otra camiseta y mucho más enfrentarte. Te merecías que te despidan como lo que sos: uno de los jugadores más importantes de la historia del club, consiguiendo cosas importantes tanto en lo grupal como individualmente. Y no que te echen como lo hicieron. Pero la verdad que a esta altura ya no me sorprende nada. Te deseo todo lo mejor en este nuevo desafío. Te quiero mucho, los quiero mucho. Hasta pronto, amigo.
“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.”
Suarez had paid tribute to Messi in his farewell news conference on Thursday, recalling that everyone had told him the Argentinian was difficult to get on with, but declaring they had become best friends as well as prolific strike partners.
“It will be strange to see you in another shirt and even stranger to come up against you on the pitch,” Messi said.
“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 not to continue to share every day with you both on the pitch and away from it.”
Former Barca star Neymar also commented on Messi’s post in a dig towards the Barcelona board.