Lionel Messi won’t begrudge Neymar for leaving his side.
FC Barcelona’s Argentinian superstar used Instagram on Wednesday to publicly bid farewell to his Brazilian teammate, as his rumored transfer to Paris Saint-Germain appears headed for completion.
“It was an enormous pleasure to have shared these years with you, Neymar, friend,” the message reads in English, per ESPN’s Samuel Mardsen. “I wish you a lot of luck in the next stage of your life. See you, TKM.”
(TKM is short for “te quiero mucho” or “love you a lot.”)
Hours later, Neymar replied to Messi’s post.
“Thank you, brother … I’ll miss you mate!” Neymar said, per The Mirror.
Neymar told Barcelona on Wednesday he has decided to leave the club after four successful seasons, and PSG is ready to pay the €222 million (£197.3 million/$257 million) buyout clause in his contract and clinch a world-record transfer in the coming days.
Neymar, 25, reportedly wants to join PSG in order to thrive outside of Messi’s shadow and be known as the best player in the world. That competitive spirit apparently hasn’t ruined Neymar’s relationship with Messi.
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