Lionel Messi: Xavi, Countinho, others pay tributes to Barcelona legend

Some present and past Barcelona stars have paid tribute to the club’s legend, Lionel Messi, after the LaLiga giants confirmed that the Argentine international will be leaving Camp Nou as a free agent this summer.

DAILY POST reports that Barcelona confirmed on Thursday that Messi will leave the club.

Reacting to the development, the likes of Xavi Hernandez, Gerard Deulofeu, Coutinho and Ansu Fati took to their Instagram pages to praise Messi for the time they had together at Barca.

Fati said, “All the players who come to La Masia dream of being able to play with you, I feel fortunate to have achieved that.”

“I wanted to thank you for these two years, for your gestures of affection towards me and for everything I learned, my family and I will always be eternally grateful.”

On his part, Coutinho said, “Thank you for everything, it was a great honour to have met you and played by your side, I am very grateful for the way you treated me and my family during that time.

“I wish you much success in your future.”

Similarly, Xavi said, “As a Cule, teammate and friendly, I can only thank you for everything you have given us during these years, whatever you do I wish you the best.”

Also, Deulofeu said, “What a pleasure it was to share moments at the best club in the world with the best player in history, I have so much admiration and respect for you, we can only thank you for all the magic you have given us and you will continue to give us every week on the pitch.”

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