Lionel Messi: Barcelona stars Gerard Pique, Antoine Griezmann, Jordi Alba, others pay tribute to soccer maestro

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has reached out to Lionel Messi in an emotional message on social media, saying ‘nothing will ever be the same again’ in the iconic forward’s absence.

On Thursday evening, the Catalan giants confirmed in a bombshell statement that Messi, 34, had left the club after talks collapsed over a new contract at the Camp Nou.

However, discussions between Barcelona and Messi subsequently broke down, with the Spanish outfit blaming the situation on ‘financial and structural obstacles’ imposed by La Liga.

It brings an end to Messi’s glittering 21-year association with the side and reports emanating from France indicate that Paris Saint-Germain are confident of wrapping up a deal for the attacker this coming weekend.

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The news has sent shockwaves around the footballing world and Barca centre-back Pique and other stars delivered thier reaction in a moving tribute on Friday evening.

 

Lionel Messi: Barcelona stars Gerard Pique, Antoine Griezmann, Jordi Alba, others pay tribute to soccer maestro

 

Lionel Messi: Barcelona stars Gerard Pique, Antoine Griezmann, Jordi Alba, others pay tribute to soccer maestro

Lionel Messi: Barcelona stars Gerard Pique, Antoine Griezmann, Jordi Alba, others pay tribute to soccer maestro

Lionel Messi: Barcelona stars Gerard Pique, Antoine Griezmann, Jordi Alba, others pay tribute to soccer maestro

Lionel Messi: Barcelona stars Gerard Pique, Antoine Griezmann, Jordi Alba, others pay tribute to soccer maestro

Lionel Messi: Barcelona stars Gerard Pique, Antoine Griezmann, Jordi Alba, others pay tribute to soccer maestro

Lionel Messi: Barcelona stars Gerard Pique, Antoine Griezmann, Jordi Alba, others pay tribute to soccer maestro

Lionel Messi: Barcelona stars Gerard Pique, Antoine Griezmann, Jordi Alba, others pay tribute to soccer maestro

Lionel Messi: Barcelona stars Gerard Pique, Antoine Griezmann, Jordi Alba, others pay tribute to soccer maestro

Lionel Messi: Barcelona stars Gerard Pique, Antoine Griezmann, Jordi Alba, others pay tribute to soccer maestro

Messi – Barca’s all-time record scorer with 672 goals and arguably the greatest player in history – became a free agent on July 1 and an internal agreement had been reached which would have seen the six-time Ballon d’Or winner take a 50 per cent pay cut.

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