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Messi lashes out at Barca for 'throwing out' Suarez

Published : 26 Sep 2020, 00:33

Updated : 26 Sep 2020, 00:36

  DF News Desk

Barcelona's Lionel Messi (3rd R) celebrates with Luis Suarez (2nd R) after scoring during the 2019-2020 Spanish La Liga football match between Barcelona and Osasuna in Barcelona, Spain, July 16, 2020. File Photo by Joan Gosa/Xinhua.

FC Barcelona striker Leo Messi on Friday launched a stinging criticism of the club's Board of Directors for their treatment of Luis Suarez, reported Xinhua.

Messi's fresh attack comes after he was forced into a U-turn following his request to leave Barca this summer, but issued a communique accusing club President, Josep Maria Bartomeu of going back on his promise to allow him to leave.

This Friday saw Messi publish a 'goodbye' letter of Suarez, his friend and strike partner for the past six seasons, who this week signed for Atletico Madrid after scoring 198 goals for the club.

In his letter, published on social media, Messi said that Suarez had been "thrown out" by FC Barcelona.

"You deserved a farewell befitting who you are: one of the most important players in the history of the club, achieving great things for the team and on an individual level," commented Messi on social media.

"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."

"It will be strange to see you in another shirt and even stranger to come up against you on the pitch... 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 not to continue to share every day with you both on the pitch and away from it," the Argentinean wrote.

Messi's criticism comes just two days before Barca kick off their La Liga campaign with a home game against Villarreal on Sunday night and will not help his relationship with new coach Ronald Koeman, who was the person who called Suarez to tell him he was no longer needed.