A remarkable report from the French media has divulged what Lionel Messi texted to former Barcelona teammate Neymar after their Champions League campaign ended in spectacular fashion at Anfield last season.
Barcelona looked set to make the Champions League final after securing a 3-0 lead after the first leg at the Camp Nou, but a trademark Anfield European night saw their dreams turn to nightmares after the Reds roared back to advance with a 4-3 aggregate victory.
Argentine megastar Messi has been at the forefront of the game for well over a decade, but at 32-years-of-age, the window for more European trophies is beginning to close.
The text – via WhatsApp – reportedly stated: “Only together can we win the Champions League. I want you to come back.
“In two years, I’m leaving, and you’ll be alone, you’ll take my place.”
Neymar was the subject of much speculation through the summer transfer window, with a move to Barcelona in January instead recently addressed by a Barcelona chief.
But it is the declaration that Messi will be leaving Barcelona in two years that will spike interest, with a lengthy list of suitors expected to be queueing up if the once-untouchable asset eventually comes onto the open market.