- Lionel Messi’s exit remains unimaginable for Barcelona fans as they paid emotional tribute to the Argentine who has joined PSG
- During their La Liga opener against Real Sociedad, fans at Camp Nou gave a rousing applause for the legend in the 10th minute
- They raised shirts of their former captain, clapping and chanting his name, while others raised banners thanking the superstar
After being away for more than 17 months due to the impact of the pandemic, Barcelona fans were allowed into the Camp Nou, but only 20,384 were allowed.
The number of fans made emotional tribute to Messi in the 10th minute of the encounter making their feelings known.
Koeman reveals how Messi's absence affected Barcelona despite impressive display against Real Sociedad
Many of them raised Messi shirts and chanted his name, while there were several other banners expressing gratitude to the club legend.
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However, Joan Laporta and his predecessor Josep Maria Bartomeu were blasted for overseeing this historic exit as fans condemn the pair.
"Barca yes, Laporta no" and "Laporta, slave of the enemy" were among the messages on those banners.
Just before kick-off of the game vs Sociedad, players' names were read out and Gerard Pique received tremendous applause from the stands having agreed to a pay cut to allow the club to register Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia.
Daily Post reports that the Catalan giants began their quest to reclaim the La Liga title defeating Real Sociedad 4-2 as Gerard Pique opened the scoring in the 19th minute, heading home Memphis Depay’s free-kick.
Martin Braithwaite who was impressive in the encounter grabbed a brace in either side of the halves.
The visitors pulled one back in the 82nd minute when Julen Lobete scored, with Mikel Oyarzabal scoring three minutes later to cut Barca’s lead to one.
Sergio Roberto however secured the points with a late goal.
Legit.ng earlier reported that PSG star Di Maria believes new club teammates Lionel Messi is from another planet as he claims the French Giants are lucky to have his fellow Argentine in their team.
Speaking to Argentine TV channel TyC Sports and sighted on Sport Bible, Di Maria praised PSG's decision to sign Messi after Barcelona were unable to hand him a new deal due to La Liga's financial rules.
Di Maria also couldn't resist throwing a brutal bit of shade at Ronaldo as he claimed the Juventus star would love to be at PSG but glad that the club went for Messi instead.