Leo Messi’s goodbye: The reactions
Team-mates past and present and other big names in the football world respond to the news that the Barça legend is leaving the club
I’m still trying to take it all in and knowing how difficult it will be, I just want to say thank you for everything you have done for the club and for those you have been with these years and specifically myself. You came as a child and you are leaving as the best player of all time, having made this club grow to the size it deserves and making individual and team history. I will always be able to say that I played and shared moments with you, most of them very good and I had the chance to grow and enjoy football at your side for 13 seasons.
Aside from all that, I also have the person and our friendship, I will miss you a lot. I can only wish you and your family the best because you deserve it. We will miss you very much.
Nothing will be the same any more. Neither the Camp Nou, nor Barcelona, nor ourselves. After 20 years at the club, you will no longer be wearing the Barça shirt. The truth sometimes hurts.
We met in 2000, we were 13 years old with our careers before us. What a career! Wow! We couldn’t have designed it better. Bloody crazy!
In my first season, after coming back to FC Barcelona, we won the treble and you became the best player of all time. From Rosario to touch the heavens in Rome. That’s where the legend started. What followed was history. What fun we had.
Now you are leaving but I know you will be back one day. There are still things to do. Have fun wherever you go and keep winning the way only you know. We’ll miss you here. I love you Leo.
When I was small my dream was to play in the Barça first team. But to do so beside the best footballer of all time is something I never imagined.
Thank you for all the moments you have given me and all Barça fans, all the joys, all the goals you’ve scored, all the titles we’ve celebrated, to take this club to the very top, for making people dream with your football and especially for doing it with this shirt.
I wish you and your family all the best.
We love you and we will miss you very much.
In eternal gratitude.
What a privilege to have spent these 9 seasons together. Such nice experiences together and we have overcome such difficult situations. I was lucky enough to be there to see your first goal against Albacete at Camp Nou in 2005 and I never imagined we would come to have such an understanding with just a single glance. We have had such fun on the pitch with your running passes and my passes back that have come off so well for us.
I’m going to miss it so much!
Not just because you’re not just the best player in football history but because you’re an exceptional human. Friend, thank you from the heart for what you’ve done for the club, for your friendship, for your support on grey days, for the great moments we’ve lived that will always stay in our memories. I wish you and your family all the best on your new adventure. A big hug, I love you brother.
Leo, it has been a pleasure to play with you for these years and to have such great moments in terms of moments and titles. Although we didn’t always share the same opinion, we were always looking in the same direction and every one of us grew as a person whether we won or lost. Thank you!
You made history at your lifelong club and you will leave as a true football legend, and achievement that no other player will get close to. You changed football.
I wish you and your family all the best for what’s ahead.
A big hug from Dani and Ben too.
The only thing me and everyone who loves football can say is THANK YOU!
Thank you for everything you have done for Barcelona. For the city, the club… you changed everything! I am sure this not a goodbye but a see you later and that your path with cross with FC Barcelona again.
I wish you all the best and for you and your family to be happy wherever you go. Very few know what it means to be Messi and you always set an example in every sense.
I have no words to express the great privilege of sharing a dressing room with you for three years. You have been an example of professionalism and companionship. That’s why you are the best footballer ever and a legendary sportsman. Thank you for everything you have given the club and for the help you gave me since my very first day at this great institution. I wish you all the best for the future.
All the kids that come to La Masia dream of playing by you and I feel fortunate that my dream came true.
I want to thank you for these two years, for your gestures towards me and for everything I learned.
My family and I shall always be eternally grateful, I wish you and your loved ones all the best.
Leo, it was a privilege to play with a legend like you. I thank you for everything you have done for me and for your support in good times and band.
I will never forget what you did for Barcelona and for football lovers.
I wish you and your family all the best.
Thank you Leo.
As a kid I played with you on the PlayStation with the dream that one day we’d play together… I thank God because I had the blessing to play and learn beside you, the greatest in this sport. I will tell my children about this great player and most of all about the great person you are. Thanks for the affection from the first day I joined the squad. We are going to miss you Captain. The very best to you and your family. Blessings!
Leo it was a pleasure to know you. You are a special person. I wish you and your family all the best in the future.
A warm hug, phenomenon.
Leo Messi, thank you very much for everything.
A huge honour top have known you and played at your side.
Thank you for the way you have treated me and my family all this time!
I wish you every success in the future and may God ALWAYS bless you and your family.
I was able to live the dream of every young child whose passion is football. To share a dressing room and team with the best player in the world. To live together, learn and compete with him is the best thing that’s happened to me in recent years. Thank you Leo. We will miss you a lot. Best of luck.
When I was 4, I came from my country Guinea Conakry to fulfil of becoming a footballer, but I never dreamed that one day I would play with the best player in the world and that he would give the assist for my first professional goal.
All Guinea and all my family just have words of thanks for you. Thank you very much and the best of luck in the future, Leo.
Thank you very much for everything, Leo. I can never be thankful enough for everything you’ve given us. I wish you all the best.
As a culé, team-mate and friend I can only thank you for everything you have done for us over all these years. Whatever you do, I wish you the best.
Young man, I know there are no words to describe the history you wrote at FC Barcelona. The club watched you grow, the club you love so much and where you won so many titles and became the best player in history. I will always be grateful for the way you welcomed me and for being the great person you are. Proud to have shared thousands of wonderful moments at FC Barcelona and to have been fortunate enough to play with you. I wish with all my heart that whatever happens in the future will be the best for you and your family. I love you loads.
Thank you for giving me enjoyment.
Thank you for your football.
That you for making the club we love even greater.
Thank you for everything, Leo.
Thank you, legend.
For so many moments of happiness.
For having taken the Barça name to the very top.
We’ll never forget you.
Thank you so much Leo. For all you have given the club and the youth players you have set an example for them all. I feel lucky to have played at your side and to have shared such great moments. I wish you and your family all the best. Much luck and success in your new era.
Thank you for so much Leo. You have given us enjoyment for many years and have become a Barça and football legend. This club will always be your home. Best of luck with your next stage, I wish you all the best.
It is going to be very strange to see Barça without you. The best player in football history. I feel privileged for sharing so many moments with you at the club where so many of our dreams came true. Best of luck to you and your family in this new stage!
Dear, Leo Messi. I wish you all the luck in the world in this new era outside of FC Barcelona. I am very proud to have spent moments with you in Barcelona and we have made a friendship for life.
Don’t weep for things that have ended, smile because they existed. Thank you for making us all a little bit happier. See you soon, God.
Thank you is too little.
Leo, you did what nobody imagined in this sport.
Your play for FC Barcelona, your determination, your dribbles, the emotion, the goals and the titles were an inspiration.
And through empathy, we feel part of your time at the best football club in the world.
What a nice pleasure to share moments at the greatest club in the world with the best player in history. Much admiration and respect for you. We can only thank you for the wonders you have given us and shall continue giving us every week on the pitch.
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