Messi criticises Barcelona for ‘pushing out’ Suarez


Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has extended his feud with Barcelona’s hierarchy by openly criticising the way in which the club treated Luis Suárez following his departure to Atlético Madrid.

Messi made the claim on Friday, adding that nothing surprises him any more regarding the conduct of those in charge of Barcelona, primarily president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

The 33-year-old who came close to leaving the Nou Camp earlier in the transfer window before reversing his threat to end his contract unilaterally, took to Instagram to express his disappointment.

“You deserved a fitting farewell for the person that you are: one of the best players in the club’s history, having achieved incredible things both individually and collectively,” wrote Messi.

“You didn’t deserve to be pushed out the way they did, but the truth is nothing surprises me any more.

“I was gradually accepting it, but when I got into the dressing room today, how hard it’s going to be to no longer have you around in the day-to-day on and off the pitch really dawned on me.

“We’re going to miss you so much. It’s been so many years, so many mates (a tea-like drink), lunches, dinners… There are so many things that will never be forgotten after being together every day.

“It will be strange to see you in another kit and even more so to play against you. I wish you all the best for your new challenge. Sending love to you and your family. See you soon, mate.”

Suarez was close to agreeing on terms with Italian champions Juventus before an agreement was reached with Atletico, but delays in obtaining Italian citizenship held up a potential transfer to Serie A.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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