Lionel Messi, Suarez meet ahead of international duties for respective countries

Lionel Messi, Suarez meet ahead of international duties for respective countries

- Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez met for the first time at Barcelona airport

- Both players were travelling to represent Argentina and Uruguay for their 2022 World Cup qualifiers

- Suarez left Barcelona last month to join Barca's La Liga rival Atletico Madrid

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Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez crossed paths for the first time since they were separated from each other when the Uruguayan striker left for Atletico Madrid.

The best friends met at the airport in Barcelona ahead of their international duty for their respective countries.

Suarez was told he was surplus to requirements at the Camp Nou after six years of service following the arrival of Ronald Koeman this summer.

Lionel Messi, Suarez meet ahead of international duties for respective countries

Lionel Messi, Suarez meet ahead of international duties for respective countries. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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In return, Messi hit back at the club's hierarchy for maltreating the former Liverpool striker, insisting that he deserved better.

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Messi will be captaining Argentina in their 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Bolivia while Suarez will be on parade when Uruguay take on Chile and Ecuador.

Suarez and Messi faced each other on international duty last November 2019, during their 2-2 draw with both players scoring in the match.

However, Suarez will be flying back to Madrid airport for the first time instead of Barcelona as Messi wrote in his Instagram:

"I was already getting the idea but today I entered the locker room and the news became real.
"How difficult it is going to be not to continue sharing the day to day with you, both on the pitch and outside.
"We will miss them so much. It was many years, many lunches, dinners… many things that will never be forgotten, every day together.
"It will be strange to see you with another shirt and much more to face you.
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"You deserved to be praised for what you are: one of the most important players in the club's history, achieving important things both as a group and individually.
"I wish you all the best in this new challenge. I love you very much, I love you very much. See you soon friend."

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has broken his silence on his viral online rant against his club in the wake of the departure of his long-time teammate and friend Luis Suarez.

Suarez unceremoniously left the Nou Camp to join Barcelona’s La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid on a two-year deal.

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