Lionel Messi sends Ernesto Valverde emotional message after Barcelona sacking

Lionel Messi has penned an emotional farewell to Ernesto Valverde after his sacking as Barcelona boss.

Valverde was relieved of his duties after three years at the helm despite the club sitting top of the La Liga table.

Argentinian superstar Messi was often credited with carrying Valverde's side to two La Liga titles, but they suffered two painful Champions League exits against Roma and Liverpool.

After the sacking of his manager, the Barcelona icon penned an emotional note on social media in what he tipped him for success in his next move.

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Messi shared a pair of pictures smiling alongside Valverde with the caption: "Thank you for everything. I'm sure you will be great wherever you go, because, besides being a great professional, you're a magnificent person.

"Good luck and a big hug."

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Whilst Valverde has moved on, Messi will remain a key figure at Barcelona.

New manager Quique Setien has previously talked up his love of Messi – and he is now relishing the prospect of working with the Argentinian and other big name team-mates.

Speaking at his unveiling today, Setien said: "I have enjoyed watching Messi in recent years.

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"But not only him, the team and his teammates. They have made me enjoy football and I have learned many things from the players that I will now have the pleasure of training.

"I am sure that we will have an excellent relationship, because I am a direct and sincere person."

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Valverde wished his successor all the best in his farewell post.

“Of course, I would like to thank the players for all their efforts that have allowed us to claim four trophies together," Valverde said.

“From this day, I wish them all the luck in the world and to the new coach Quique Setien also."

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