Manchester City legend Sergio Aguero has sent Lionel Messi a supportive message after his surprising Barcelona departure.
Aguero’s contract at the Etihad expired at the end of last season and, while an array of elite European clubs were interested in his signature, Barcelona were the club that landed the Blues’ all-time top goalscorer when signing him on a free transfer.
It was widely reported that Aguero’s decision to sign for Barcelona was dependant on Messi remaining at the Camp Nou, though, because the Argentine pair are known to be close friends — their strong relationship dates back to their teenage years.
“Of course I hope to play with Lionel. I know him so well, we’re good friends,” Aguero said on the matter upon signing for Barca.
“What happens with Leo is a decision that he and the club will make. It is a pride to play with him. I’ve played with him in the national team.
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However, the footballing world was shocked to its core last week when Barcelona announced six-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi was set to leave the club amid financial problems, which means Aguero won’t be playing alongside his friend this season as he wished.
“All the best in whatever comes my friend,” Aguero wrote.
“And always with that smile. I love you.”
Although City have formally registered their interest in Messi over the years, it seems Paris Saint-Germain will inevitably be his next club.