Lonely Messi; ‘Tragic Story of Barcelona’s M.S.N departure


Luis Suarez’s departure is the latest blow for Lionel Messi at Barcelona.

The two South Americans are close friends and have shared an equally profitable relationship on the football pitch during their time at Camp Nou.

Once Suarez’s move to Atletico Madrid was confirmed, Messi didn’t hide his disappointment and bewilderment at Barcelona.

The Uruguayan is the latest teammate and friend of Messi’s to leave the Catalan club as he becomes more and more isolated.

The first in this long list is Cesc Fabregas, who came through the youth ranks at Barcelona with Messi.

The Spanish midfielder swapped Blaugrana for Chelsea in 2014, moving to Jose Mourinho’s outfit and returning to the Premier League.


The next big name to go was Neymar, who preferred Paris Saint-Germain’s project to Barcelona’s – a decision he would later regret.

There was a lot of talk over a possible return to the Camp Nou for the Brazilian last summer, but Barcelona never managed to strike a deal.

Alongside Suarez, Arturo Vidal is another of Messi’s close allies to have left the Camp Nou this summer, with the midfielder opting to join Inter.

In the dugout, Messi wasn’t happy with the decision to sack Ernesto Valverde, with whom he had an excellent relationship.

The captain didn’t get on with Valverde’s successor, Quique Setien, and now his relationship with Ronald Koeman is cold and distant.

As for the boardroom, Messi was never shied away from criticising Josep Maria Bartomeu and his board at Barcelona.

The Argentina international didn’t mince his words when speaking about the current president after his transfer request was blocked.

Instead, Messi misses the relationship he shared with Joan Laporta, a president who always looked out for and protected him.