Suarez, who formed a strong relationship both on and off the pitch with Messi, made the move to Atletico last week, ending six hugely successful years in Catalonia
Lionel Messi has revealed “a lot of things hurt me in the last few weeks” as he explained his attack on Barcelona following Luis Suarez’s controversial exit.
Suarez, who formed a strong relationship both on and off the pitch with Messi, made the move to Atletico Madrid last week, ending six hugely successful years in Catalonia.
And Messi later took to Instagram to share his thoughts on the situation – claiming Barca should have been more respectful in the way they let him go.
The Argentine superstar, who was keen to leave Barca being forced into a U-turn, even claimed his pal was forced out the club.
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Messi has now explained his actions, saying that he felt the right thing to do was to speak out.
He told Spanish news outlet Sport : “I said what I felt in what was a tough moment.
“I understand people may have thought I should have shut up or let it go, as I did on many other occasions, but a lot of things hurt me in the last few weeks and it was my way of expressing that.”
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Messi has also called an end to his war with Barcelona after addressing fans to say he always had the club’s best interests at heart.
Messi rocked the football world this summer when he told Barca he wanted to leave the Nou Camp – and was linked with a shock switch to Manchester City.
He eventually relented, unwilling to go to court over his future after the La Liga giants insisted any potential suitors would have to pay his £624m release clause.
“After so many disagreements, I would like to put an end to it,” Messi told the Spanish publication. “All Barca fans must unite and assume that the best is yet to come.”
He added: “I take responsibility for my mistakes, if there were any – they were only to make a better and stronger Barca.
“Adding passion and enthusiasm will be the only way to achieve the objectives – always united and rowing in the same direction.”