Barcelona striker Lionel Messi has posted a video on Instagram paying tribute to his teammate Neymar who is about to join Paris Saint-Germain. Blaugrana confirmed in a statement on Wednesday that the Brazilian has asked to leave the club and may do so if his €222m release clause is met.
Messi reacted to the news by sharing the following clip: Accompanying the images was the following message from the Barcelona icon: As pointed out by BBC Sport, PSG seems ready to sign Neymar in a world. A record transfer, ending his four-year stint at the Camp Nou.
Neymar’s agent Wagner Ribeiro reportedly told Cadena Cope (h/t Get French Football News) that PSG will activate the activation amount in the player’s contract on Wednesday. For most associated with the Catalan club, news of the striker’s imminent departure will come as a huge blow and Messi appears to be part of it. It will be fascinating to see what the future holds for Barcelona after their high hopes made it clear they want to move elsewhere. In Messi, Suárez, and Andrés Iniesta they still have three of the best players in the world.
But at 30, Messi is the youngest of the trio: Suárez is the same age but was born five months earlier. Without Neymar, it’s hard to imagine what Barça’s attack will look like in the long term. Many expected Neymar to be Messi’s heir in Catalonia when he hung up his boots, but they created impressive moments during their time together. Squawka Football noted the duo destroyed many opposing defenses in a trident with Luis Suarez: For neutrals, it will be disappointing not being able to test such impressive attacking football on a weekly basis. teams worldwide have brilliant players in the back third on the same pitch at the same time. However, it is difficult to recall three men at the peak of their power who are on a wavelength so similar to that of Messi, Neymar, and Suárez.
The joy of football and the joy of helping each other score goals was refreshing. They have also been successful as Barcelona have won the UEFA Champions League, two La Liga titles, and three King’s Cups in the three seasons they have all been together. Neymar’s departure will leave a huge void. Not only was he a great player himself, but also helped bring out the best in others, especially his two fellow forwards. ESPN FC’s Dermot Corrigan hinted that Barca needs a special player who connects with Messi in the same way: