Lionel Messi this afternoon took to social media, to aim a less than subtle dig at Barcelona over the club’s treatment of the now-departed Luis Suarez.
Following months of rampant speculation, confirmation of Suarez’s Camp Nou exit was finally forthcoming on Friday.
On the back of Ronald Koeman’s arrival in Catalunya this summer, word quickly began to do the rounds in the media that veteran hitman Suarez had been deemed surplus to requirements.
The general assumption is now that Antoine Griezmann will finally be handed a consistent chance to shine in a central role over the course of the campaign ahead.
For Suarez, though, the question had long surrounded where exactly he was set to end up.
Serie A champions Juventus had previously been viewed as the clear frontrunners to secure a deal, but, in the end, the Bianconeri opted to bring Alvaro Morata back to Turin.
Coincidentally, this, in turn, opened up space in Atletico Madrid’s frontline, with Rojiblancos boss Diego Simeone having evidently been desperate to add a much-needed proven goalscorer to his side’s ranks.
Step up, Luis Suarez.
On the back of a decisive couple of days of negotiations, Atletico convinced the Uruguayan of the club’s project, with Suarez having today put pen-to-paper on a 2-year deal at the Wanda Metropolitano:
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✍ @LuisSuarez9 has signed his contract and is officially a Red & White player
— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) September 25, 2020
‘Nothing surprises me anymore…’
Atletico’s gain, however, is evidently Barcelona’s loss.
Whilst Suarez is no longer the player he once was, the former Liverpool man nevertheless managed to directly contribute to 33 goals in 36 appearances across all competitions last season.
Such exploits saw the Uruguayan move into 3rd-place on Barcelona’s all-time goalscoring list, a stunning achievement when considering he spent just 6 years at the club.
Despite the indellible mark left by Suarez in the history books at the Camp Nou, however, the general consensus is that the manner in which the Blaugrana went about pushing him out of the club was nothing short of classless.
One individual who evidently agrees with such a point of view, meanwhile, is Lionel Messi.
Taking to Instagram earlier today, Barca’s captain posted a farewell message to his close friend, highlighted by the damning conclusion that Suarez simply deserved better:
‘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.’
‘We’re going to miss you so much. We spent many years together, 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.’
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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.
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