Messi Slams FC Barcelona Board Members Over Suarez’s Unceremonious Exit From The Club
Argentine forward Lionel Messi has slammed FC Barcelona board over the exit of striker Luiz Suarez, who joined Atletico Madrid on Thursday. The Barcelona captain has a long-running feud with club president Josep Maria Bartomeu which intensified after Barcelona were humiliated 8-2 by Bayern in a Champions League quarter-final in August.
The 33-year-old tried to force his exit from Barcelona but finally accepted he would have to see out the final year of his contract. Meanwhile, two of his closest friends in the team, Suarez and the Chilean Arturo Vidal have left. Suarez moves to Atletico on a two-year contract on a free transfer, although, if he does well, Barcelona could receive some money.
The Uruguayan international, who hit 198 goals for Barca, becoming the third-highest goalscorer in the history of the club, cried as he bid an impromptu farewell to the club on Thursday. Messi and Suarez were neighbours in the beachside suburb of Castelldefels and would arrive at training together.