Barca legends, teammates react to Messi’s club exit
Old and current teammates of Barcelona legend, Lionel Messi, are as shocked as the rest of the world, as the footballer exit the club.
Barcelona had on Thursday announced that Messi will leave the club after negotiation between the two parties stalled.
Reacting to the news, Barcelona captain, Sergio Busquets, took to social media to express his thoughts.
“Thank you for what you have done for the club and for those who have accompanied you in these years,” Busquets posted on social media
“You arrived here as a child and you’re leaving as the best player in history. You have made this club grow to the height it deserves and I can always say I played and shared many moments with you, I will miss you so much.”
Also, Barcelona teammate, Coutinho gets emotional, “Thank you for everything. A great honour to have met you and to have played alongside you. Very grateful for the way you treated me and my family during that time! I wish you every success in your future and may GOD always bless your home and your family,” the Brazilian wrote on social media.
Barcelona legend and former captain of the club, Xavi, said, “As a Cule, teammate and friend, I can only thank you for everything you have given us over the years. Whatever you do, I wish you all the best,” the former Barcelona midfielder said.
Ansu Fati on his part was eternally grateful
“All the boys who come to La Masia dream of being able to play together with you, I feel fortunate to have fulfilled that. I wanted to thank you for these two years for your gestures of affection towards me and for everything I learned. My family and I will always be grateful, I wish you and family all the best.”
Meanwhile, there are indications that former teammate, Neymar, is pushing for the Argentine to move to Paris Sainte Germane (PSG).
The club is confident of finding a way to sign Messi and opened talks on Thursday.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Neymar is in particular pressing to get the deal done.
However, the main obstacle PSG have in their bid to sign Messi is the financial constraints placed on the club.
PSG estimate Messi’s salary will be 80m euros before tax, and although they don’t lack money, they can’t invest any more unless players are sold.
A whopping 180m euros will need to be found to reduce their estimated losses from the 250-300m euros they stand at now.