Neymar’s proposed €222million switch to Paris Saint-Germain swiftly gathered pace on Wednesday as Barca head coach Ernesto Valverde granted the Brazilian star permission to miss training and tie up his future.
The 25-year-old informed the Barcelona board and his team-mates of his intention to leave and Messi, who lined up in the all-conquering “MSN” forward line alongside Neymar and Luis Suarez, paid tribute to his colleague in an Instagram post.
“It was a great pleasure to have shared all these years with you friend @neymarjr,” LionelMessi posted alongside a photo montage of the pair.
“I wish you a lot of luck in this new stage of your life. See you, I love you a lot.”