Barcelona sells Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid in the transfer market this summer. Blaugrana just took it off at a cost of 6 million euros from the bonus clauses.
By new Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman, Suarez is no longer in the game plan. But the management’s way of releasing the Uruguay striker has drawn criticism.
Suarez, who has been a mainstay for the last six seasons, has also become Messi’s best partner, was just kicked out and had to hang around. Barcelona had tried to sell Suarez to Juventus, but ran aground due to passport matters.
This passport affair also caused Suarez to be in legal trouble because it was considered that there was fraud in the test he was undergoing. After the transfer to Juventus ran aground, Suarez was approached by Atletico Madrid, but Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu initially allegedly refused to let him go there.
The series of decisions and steps taken by Barcelona regarding Suarez have made Messi furious.
“You have the right to leave in a manner worthy of someone like you: one of the most important players in the history of the club, achieving important things both with the club and individually. And not getting kicked out like they did to you,” Messi wrote in his farewell greeting to Suarez in social media.
“But to be honest, at this point there is nothing more that surprises me,” said Messi.
Dani Alves joined in with the comments, suggesting support for Messi’s criticism. The defender who defended Barcelona for eight years insisted things like this were not something new.
“Unfortunately, this is a truth which we have known for a long time. It is getting confirmed every year,” he wrote.
“It’s not about winning and losing, we know that very well, it’s about respect, and they don’t know that,” said the Brazilian.
Previously, Messi and Suarez’s former colleague who currently plays at Paris Saint-Germain, Neymar, also commented. The most expensive player in the world was ‘amazed’ by the way Barcelona kicked Suarez.