...Messi posts farewell mes­sage to him

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Lionel Messi bid farewell to Ney­mar af­ter Barcelona con­firmed that the Brazil star has told the club of his de­sire to move to Paris Saint-Ger­main.

Ney­mar turned up at Barca’s train­ing ground on Wed­nes­day but did not train with Ernesto Valverde’s squad, in­stead sig­nal­ing his in­ten­tion to leave be­fore say­ing good­bye to his team­mates.

Barca have since re­leased a state­ment re­fer­ring PSG to the 25-year-old’s 222 mil­lion buy­out clause and say­ing it must be paid in full.

Fol­low­ing the news, Messi wrote on In­sta­gram: “It was an enor­mous plea­sure to have shared th­ese years with you Ney­mar, friend. I wish you a lot of luck in the next stage of your life. See you.”

He ended the mes­sage with “TKM,” short for “te quiero mu­cho” or “love you a lot.”

Ney­mar joined Barca in 2013, say­ing one of the rea­sons was the chance to play along­side and learn from Messi, who has been voted the world’s best player five times.

Along with Luis Suarez, who signed from Liver­pool in 2014, they formed the for­mi­da­ble “MSN” at­tack, lead­ing Barca to a Tre­ble in 2015 and scor­ing 364 goals between them across three sea­sons.

How­ever, Ney­mar’s de­sire to step out of Messi’s shadow and stake his own claim for be­ing the world’s best player is re­ported to be one of the mo­tives be­hind his de­sire to move to Paris Sain­tGer­main.

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