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'Thanks for everything Leo' - Messi tribute from Koeman signals end of Barcelona era for Argentine

 

With the forward set to hold a press conference on Sunday, any hopes of a last-gasp reversal look to have been dashed by the Blaugrana manager

Lionel Messi's Barcelona exit looks to be officially confirmed after Ronald Koeman took to social media to pay tribute to the Argentine, mere minutes after the club confirmed that the player would speak to the media later this weekend.

The forward had been widely expected to renew with the Blaugrana after lapsing into free agency earlier this summer, but the Catalan outfit's financial situation ultimately saw them confirm a parting of the ways on Thursday.

Amid intense speculation over where the attacker will play this coming season, with Paris Saint-Germain presumed to be the frontrunner, Koeman - who took charge in La Liga ahead of last season - has offered his best wishes for the future to the 34-year-old, admitting it is "hard" to think he will not play for his old club again.

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