sport news Lionel Messi SLAMS Barcelona board for their treatment of Luis Suarez

Lionel Messi has fired another shot at Barcelona as the Argentine superstar bid an emotional farewell to team-mate Luis Suarez, after the striker left the club to join rivals Atletico Madrid. 

Messi was embroiled in a transfer saga with the Catalan club this summer as the 33-year-old sought to trigger a clause in his contract that would allow him to walk away for free, ending a near-two decade spell with the club.

The Argentine eventually waved the white flag in his pursuit of an exit, so as to avoid a huge legal battle with the club who disputed the eligibility of the clause. 

Lionel Messi (R) has bid an emotional farewell to team-mate Luis Suarez (L) following his exit

Lionel Messi (R) has bid an emotional farewell to team-mate Luis Suarez (L) following his exit

The Uruguayan striker has left the club after Ronald Koeman saw no future for the forward

The Uruguayan striker has left the club after Ronald Koeman saw no future for the forward

Messi wrote a farewell message in Spanish as he admitted he would miss his good friend

Messi wrote a farewell message in Spanish as he admitted he would miss his good friend

Barcelona, however, saw no issue in allowing Suarez to leave for free, though, with new boss Ronald Koeman deeming the Uruguayan had no future with the club moving forwards.

Suarez and Messi have formed a formidable partnership both on and off the pitch since his arrival from Liverpool in 2014, and the maverick striker's departure comes as another blow to one of the game's greatest players.

And Messi has taken to Instagram to bid farewell to his attacking partner, before taking another dig at the club's hierarchy.

Messi and Suarez formed a formidable partnership both on and off the pitch in Spain

Messi and Suarez formed a formidable partnership both on and off the pitch in Spain

Messi and Suarez's families were close and regularly spent time together in Catalonia

Messi and Suarez's families were close and regularly spent time together in Catalonia 

The Argentine fired another shot at the club's hierarchy over their handling of Suarez's exit

The Argentine fired another shot at the club's hierarchy over their handling of Suarez's exit

'I was already getting the idea but today I entered the locker room and the card really fell,' https://www.instagram.com/p/CFjb7KrCMBg/. 'How difficult it is going to be not to continue sharing the day to day with you, both on the courts and outside.  

'It will be strange to see you with another shirt and much more to face you. You deserved to be fired for what you are: one of the most important players in the club's history, achieving important things both as a group and individually. 

'And not to get kicked out like they did. But the truth is that at this point nothing surprises me.' 

Messi wrote in an Instagram post that his team-mate did not deserve to leave the way he has

Messi wrote in an Instagram post that his team-mate did not deserve to leave the way he has

Messi has been at odds with club president Josep Bartomeu, which has spilled over publicly

Messi has been at odds with club president Josep Bartomeu, which has spilled over publicly 

LIONEL MESSI STATEMENT IN FULL 

'I was already getting the idea but today I entered the locker room and the card really fell. How difficult it is going to be not to continue sharing the day to day with you, both on the courts and outside. We will miss them so much. It was many years, many mates, lunches, dinners ... Many things that will never be forgotten, every day together.

It will be strange to see you with another shirt and much more to face you. You deserved to be fired for what you are: one of the most important players in the club's history, achieving important things both as a group and individually. And not to get kicked out like they did. But the truth is that at this point nothing surprises me.

I wish you all the best in this new challenge. I love you very much, I love you very much. See you soon friend.'

Advertisement

Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar, who played with the pair during his time at Barcelona, left a comment underneath the post which read: 'Incredible how they do things,' alongside a face palm emoji. 

Suarez said goodbye to the club after six years at the Nou Camp on Thursday, as he broke down in tears in another emotional farewell, with team-mates Messi, Jordi Alba, Gerard Pique, Sergi Roberto

read more from dailymail.....

PREV South Australian batsman takes time out from game for mental health reasons
NEXT sport news Manchester United 'will activate Dayot Upamecano's £38m release clause next ...