Lionel Messi's relationship with FC Barcelona crumbles even more as he slams the club for its treatment of Luis Suarez
- Lionel Messi has slammed FC Barcelona for its treatment of club legend Luis Suarez.
- Suarez was told in a brief phone call in August that he was surplus to the requirements at the Camp Nou.
- He signed for Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, bringing to an end his six year spell with Barcelona during which he scored nearly 200 goals.
- "You deserved a send-off matching who you are," Messi said. "Not to get thrown out like you have been. But the truth is at this point nothing surprises me."
- Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
Lionel Messi has slammed FC Barcelona for its treatment of club legend Luis Suarez, who signed for rival club Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.
Suarez, who scored just shy of 200 goals and won 13 major honors during his six year stay at the Camp Nou, was told by new head coach Ronald Koeman that he was no longer needed at the club by way of a short and brutal phone call in August.
After a proposed move to Juventus fell through, the Uruguayan penned a two-year deal with Atleti on Wednesday.
"You deserved a send-off matching who you are — one of the most important players in the club's history, achieving important things both as a group and individually," Messi said in a lengthy Instagram post on Friday.
"Not to get thrown out like you have been. But the truth is at this point nothing surprises me."
The Argentine added: "I wish you all the best in this new challenge. I love you very much, I love you very much. See you soon friend."
Messi himself had tried to leave Barcelona earlier this summer, however eventually chose to stay with the club in order to avoid a legal battle over his contract.
Receive a daily update on your cellphone with all our latest news: click here.
Get the best of our site emailed to you daily: click here.
Also from Business Insider South Africa:
- These safaris allow guests to participate in wildlife management, including tagging rhino
- We tried all the new menu items at Nando's - here's what we will definitely order again
- We tracked 21 braai essentials since 2019 – and some chains are now significantly cheaper
- London could soon go back into coronavirus lockdown as officials warn of a 'rising tide' of cases
- The best wildlife photos taken this year - including one from South Africa