Messi bids Neymar farewell

Lionel Messi has bid farewell to Neymar on social media, thereby confirming the Brazilian’s departure from Barcelona.

Barca announced on Wednesday that Neymar wanted to leave the club, with Paris Saint-Germain reportedly planning to pay his €222m release clause, and Messi appeared resigned to losing his celebrated teammate.

“It was a huge pleasure to have shared all these years with you, friend,” read the Instagram post.

“I wish you good luck in this new stage of your life. See you soon, I love you very much.”

Messi and Neymar formed the ‘MSN’ attacking trident with Luis Suarez in 2014, and the trio went on to score 364 official goals in three seasons for the Catalans.

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