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La Liga: Lionel Messi thanks outgoing Barcelona coach Luis Enrique for his time at the club

Barcelona:Lionel Messi paid homage to outgoing Barcelona boss Luis Enrique on Monday as the Catalans prepare to unveil Ernesto Valverde as their new coach.

"Wishing you the best of luck in the next stage of your life Luis Enrique," Messi posted on his official Facebook page along side a picture of the two hugging after Saturday's Copa del Rey final.

File photo of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Luis Enrique. Reuters

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Luis Enrique. Reuters

"Thank you for everything in the last few years."

A brilliant performance from Messi inspired Barca to lift a ninth trophy of Enrique's three-year reign with a 3-1 win over Alaves on Saturday.

However, the two didn't always see eye-to-eye as Messi missed an open training session in January 2015 in protest at being left on the bench by Enrique for a 1-0 defeat at Real Sociedad.

Barca have announced Ernesto Valverde as Luis Enrique's successor.


Published Date: May 30, 2017 12:11 PM | Updated Date: May 30, 2017 12:11 PM

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