Lionel Messi made headlines again on Friday with an explosive goodbye message to friend and strike partner Luis Suarez that also included another blast at Barcelona.
The Argentine has let fly at the club a couple of times recently, and his latest missive criticised Barca for the way they’ve handled Suarez’s exit.
Suarez responded to Messi’s Instagram outburst with a message of thanks.
“Thank you, friend, for your words, but thank you for being the way you are, for what you were from the first day with me and my family,” he wrote.
“I will always be grateful to Messi the human – funny and sentimental – because everyone knows the player.
“Do not forget what I told you: ‘Continue enjoying yourself and demonstrating that you’re number one’, and don’t let two, three or four tarnish the giant that you are for the club and for the world of football.
“I love you very much, my friend, and we are going to miss you five.”
The Uruguay went on to complete his move to Atletico Madrid on Friday. He passed a medical and then signed a two-year contract at the Wanda Metropolitano.