Messi says Suarez did not de­serve to be kicked out

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BARCELONA: Lionel Messi has launched his lat­est at­tack on Barcelona’s hi­er­ar­chy by crit­i­cis­ing the way the club treated strike part­ner and friend Luis Suarez, who left for La Liga ri­vals Atletico Madrid this week.

Cap­tain Messi, who threat­ened to leave Barca last month and re­cently hit out at pres­i­dent Josep Maria Bar­tomeu’s lead­er­ship of the club, said the Uruguayan, the club’s third-high­est scorer of all time, was harshly treated by Barca.

New coach Ron­ald Koe­man called Suarez a few days af­ter get­ting the job to in­form the striker, who had one year left on his con­tract, that he was no longer wanted.

Bar­tomeu had left Suarez off a list of play­ers he con­sid­ered not for sale in the af­ter­math of the 8-2 de­feat to Bay­ern

Mu­nich in the Cham­pi­ons League last month.

“You de­served a farewell be­fit­ting who you are: one of the most im­por­tant play­ers in the history of the club, achiev­ing great things for the team and on an in­di­vid­ual level,” Messi wrote on his of­fi­cial In­sta­gram ac­count yes­ter­day.

“You did not de­serve for them to throw you out like they did. But the truth is that at this stage noth­ing sur­prises me any­more.

“It will be strange to see you in an­other shirt and even stranger to come up against you on the pitch.”

Barcelona be­gin their La Liga cam­paign at home to Vil­lar­real to­mor­row.

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Luis Suarez, left, and Lionel Messi at Barcelona.

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