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Former Barcelona Team-mate Hints at Rift With Lionel Messi in Farewell Post

Marc-Andre ter Stegen hinted at a rift with Lionel Messi in his farewell post for the Barca legend
Marc-Andre ter Stegen hinted at a rift with Lionel Messi in his farewell post for the Barca legend / GLYN KIRK/Getty Images

Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has hinted of a rift with former team-mate Lionel Messi in a farewell post shared on social media.

The LaLiga giants announced on Thursday night that Messi would no longer be a Barcelona player, with transfer rumours suggesting he could be on his way to Paris Saint-Germain ahead of the new season.

While tributes to the six-time Ballon d'Or winner have been pouring in from his former teammates, Ter Stegen used the opportunity to hint at problems between him and the 34-year-old.

The Barca keeper wrote on Instagram: "Leo, it's been a pleasure to play alongside you for all these years, sharing many happy times together in the form of moments and titles. While we didn't always agree on everything, we both wanted what was best for the team and managed to grow as individuals, regardless of the result. Thanks for that!

"You made history with the club of your life, and you'll go down in history as a true legend of football. Something that no other player will ever get close to. You changed football. I wish you and your family the very best for whatever lies ahead. A big hug from Dani and Ben, too."

It had been previously reported that issues between the pair started as early as November 2019, with Ter Stegen reportedly miffed with Messi and Luis Suarez over their lack of tracking back during a game against Slavia Prague.

The duo clashed in training not long after and had to be separated by team-mates. Diario Gol also claimed that Ter Stegen was annoyed with Messi's vote in the FIFA Best awards voting. Messi voted for Keylor Navas, Manuel Neuer, and Jan Oblak as his Goalkeepers of the Year, ahead of his former team-mate.