Messi says farewell: Barcelona’s day like no other

From a tearful Lionel Messi bidding farewell to the only club he has ever known, to an emotional atmosphere at the annual Joan Gamper trophy clash — which just happened to be against Messi’s great rival Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus! — this was a day that will live in the history of Barcelona.

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A 3-0 win at least gave supporters reason to smile, but it might be some time before the joy truly returns. For this was the day that Lionel Messi — the former Barcelona player — said goodbye to the only club he has ever known.