Messi sends emotional goodbye to Neymar
Lionel Messi has penned an emotional goodbye to his friend and Barcelona team-mate Neymar ahead of the Brazilian’s impending world-record move to PSG.
Neymar spent 43 minutes at Barcelona’s training ground on Wednesday bidding farewell to his team-mates, and he will soon complete a £198million move to Ligue 1.
Posting a video to Instagram on Wednesday afternoon, Messi wrote: ‘It was an enormous pleasure to have shared all these years with you friend @neymarjr I wish you luck in this new stage of your life. See you. I love you.’
Within minutes, Neymar had replied to the video on Instagram, writing: ‘Thanks brother. I will miss you uncle.’
Neymar joined Messi at Barcelona in 2013, and the pair have since played hundreds of games together, under the stewardship of Gerardo Martino and Luis Enrique.
Together, the South American pair won everything there is to win, with La Liga, Champions League and Copa del Rey successes along the way.
Wednesday saw Neymar effectively end his Barcelona career as he prepares to join Paris Saint-Germain for a mind-boggling fee this summer.
He had a meeting alongside his father, his representatives and club officials, in which he expressed his desire to leave the Nou Camp.
It is now expected that Neymar will head to Paris to continue negotiations, ahead of completing his money-spinning move to Ligue 1.
He had only arrived back in Spain on Tuesday evening following a trip to the Middle East, and after a short rest was on his way to the training ground.
He arrived at the club’s Joan Gamper facilities at 9am local time with two friends, wearing sunglasses in his blue Audi sports car.
Neymar’s arrival came half an hour before a scheduled training session, but the forward did not take part.