After a notable 18-year career at Barcelona, Sergio Busquets is set to leave the club as a free agent at the end of the season.
His departure has been met with reactions from fans and fellow players alike. One of the most notable reactions comes from Lionel Messi, a long-time friend and teammate of Busquets.
Messi took to Instagram to share a heartfelt message dedicated to Busquets. The Barcelona legend praised his long-time teammate for his contributions to the team and their many shared experiences on the field.
Messi reacted, “On the pitch, always with the 5, but in reality, as a player and a person, you are a 10, Busi. I wish you all the best in your new stage and always, to you and your whole family.
“Thank you for everything on and off the field, there were so many moments we spent together, many good and some also complicated…”
Busquets’ departure marks the end of an era for the Blaugrana, and Messi’s emotional reaction shows the impact the midfielder has had on his peers and the club as a whole.