"We will never forget you" .. Catalan president publishes a farewell message to Messi

The Spanish President of the Catalan regional government, Coem Torra, published a farewell message to Barcelona's captain, Lionel Messi, following news of his desire to leave the ranks of the ancient Catalan club.

Tora posted a picture of Messi, through his official account in "Twitter", and attached it to the saying: "Catalonia will always be your home."

"Thank you for all that time of extraordinary happiness and football. We have been fortunate enough to share years of our lives with a noble athlete and the greatest player in the world," he added.

He concluded his letter with the words: "We will never forget you."

A source inside Barcelona confirmed yesterday evening that its star and captain Lionel Messi, 33, told the Catalan club by fax that he wanted to terminate his contract "unilaterally."

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