Lionel Messi has returned to Barcelona today. The Argentine forward was on a short vacation with his team-mate Luis Suarez, accompanied by their partners. The two families spend their days on a yacht in Ibiza, and it was not the first time that they went on holiday together.
? — Messi and Suárez on a short vacation. pic.twitter.com/6f3ACm294Q— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) July 21, 2020
Lately, there have been many rumors regarding a transfer out for Messi after he explicitly stated that ‘things need to change at the club’, but Barcelona president Bartomeu told that he is sure that the legend will stay at the Catalan club. Barça is currently doing everything to extend the player’s contract, but Messi will most likely wait until the end of the Champions League campaign.
Just like his other team-mates, Lionel Messi will take the coronavirus tests at the training center today before resuming training tomorrow at 9:30 am. A tough Champions League fixture is ahead for the 33-year-old.
Not only does he carry the weight of his team, but also coach Quique Setién’s future highly depends on the Argentine. If Barcelona fails to knock-out Napoli in the second leg of the round of 16, boss Setién will very likely get sacked – since things stand already on the edge for the Cantabrian coach.
Messi and Suarez share a farewell message for Arturo Vidal
Inter Milan announced the signing of Arturo Vidal who will join the Italian club after his medical tests. Barcelona heavy-weights Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez shared a message to the Chilean:
Lionel Messi: “I knew you from facing each other, and you always seemed like a phenomenon, but then I was lucky enough to meet you personally and you surprised me even more. It was two years of sharing a lot of things and you noticed a lot, the locker room will miss you. I wish you all the best in this new phase at your new club. Our paths will cross again for sure.”
Luis Suarez: “Having you as a rival was unbearable because of how great you are as a player, but having you as a teammate, friend, and knowing you as a person is even bigger! A pleasure to have been with a star player like you. I wish you all the best.”
Vidal played a total of 96 games for Barcelona, scoring 11 goals and making 10 assists during the two seasons he spent at the Catalan club.