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Shocking as Lionel Messi images removed from Barcelona’s stadium

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Shocking as Lionel Messi images removed from Barcelona’s stadium

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Pictures and videos of how Lionel Messi’s face was removed from outside Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium have emerged on Tuesday.

This is as the Argentine has joined Paris Saint-Germain on free transfer.

Messi took centre stage in a large image of multiple Barcelona stars including goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter-Stegen, Gerard Pique and Antoine Griezmann, but construction workers took down the strips showing Messi’s face.

The entire poster on the side of Barcelona’s 99,000-seater stadium has been removed following Messi’s departure, while club officials were also seen taking down smaller, street-side posters with the Argentina’s face on it, DailyMail reports.

Club officials were seen tearing down any poster with Messi’s face in one of the pictures.

Messi conceded at a tearful farewell news conference in Barcelona on Sunday that joining PSG was only a “possibility”.

In reality, with Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City having ruled themselves out, PSG were about the only club who could afford what is expected to be a deal worth 35 million euros ($41 million) a year.

“I gave everything for Barcelona from the first day that I arrived right to the last. I never imagined having to say goodbye,” Messi said.

 
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“I have still not come to terms with the reality of leaving this club now — I love this club.”

When asked on Tuesday whose fault it was that his son was leaving the Catalan side, Jorge Messi replied: “Ask the club”.

He leaves Barcelona with 672 goals in 778 appearances, a record tally for one club.

Messi won 35 trophies at the Camp Nou after joining Barca aged 13, but his last appearance was a damp squib: a 2-1 home defeat behind closed doors against Celta Vigo in May.

His trophy haul includes four Champions League and 10 La Liga titles.

“The greatest of all,” wrote Messi’s old Barcelona teammate Dani Alves — who won the Olympic gold with Brazil in Tokyo– in an Instagram message on Monday.

One group of Barcelona fans, represented by a Parisian lawyer, announced their intention to lodge a complaint with the European Commission in connection with the rules of financial fair play that Barcelona and PSG must follow.

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