‘Well, Ney… I think we said practically everything to each other when you left,’ Messi said in the Christmas message to his former team-mate.
‘The truth is that here we are still missing you. We would like to keep sharing the mates [a South American hot drink] in the morning with Luis [Suarez] in the dressing room and many more things.
‘Like always, I wish you the best wherever you are and I’m sure we will cross again on or off the pitch very soon. Take care of yourself.’