LaLiga: Barcelona could rest Lionel Messi for Getafe clash; leaders Real Madrid aim to continue unbeaten run
Lionel Messi has not missed a single minute for Barcelona since football resumed in June following the coronavirus shutdown.
Suarez was informed of Barcelona's decision to get rid of him through a call from new coach Ronald Koeman, hired after the team was thrashed 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final.
FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers: Lionel Messi's first-half penalty fires Argentina to 1-0 win over Ecuador in opening game
The breakthrough came after a reckless challenge by Pervis Estupinan sent Lucas Ocampo sprawling in the box, with Messi stepping up to lash home his 71st international goal.
A petition against Bartomeu passed the required 16,250 signatures last month and those signatures have been officially verified, a group leading the campaign said on Wednesday.
Messi, a record six-time winner of the Ballon d'Or, has won everything in the club game with Barcelona several times over but his international trophy cabinet looks bare in comparison.
8 weeks have passed since the humiliation against Bayern Munich and what has been a miserable period for everyone associated with the historic club.
Barcelona reported losses of 97 million euros for the 2019-20 season, blaming the deficit on “the effects of COVID-19.”
Champions League Draw: Cristiano Ronaldo to face Lionel Messi; PSG, Manchester United and RB Lepizig drawn together
Messi and Ronaldo will resume the rivalry they developed when the Portuguese superstar was at Real Madrid. Between them they have won 11 of the last 12 Ballons d'Or.
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has said Lionel Messi's happiness is not in his hands but admits he was pleased to hear the Argentine saying on Tuesday he wants to end his disputes with the club.
Lionel Messi attempts to put his dispute with FC Barcelona behind, says it is time for club to unite
"After so many disagreements, I would like to put an end to it all. We must unite as Barcelona fans and believe that the best is yet to come," Messi said.
Koeman decided to rely on an attack led by Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé and the 17-year-old Ansu Fati.
LaLiga: Lionel Messi scores in first game since Barcelona transfer dispute; Luis Suarez nets brace for Atletico Madrid
Luis Suarez, whose departure was confirmed on Thursday, marked his Atletico Madrid debut by scoring twice in a 6-1 win over Granada.
LaLiga: Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman says no concern about Lionel Messi despite attacking club over Luis Suarez's exit
Koeman was also keen to point out it was not solely his decision to let Suarez join Atletico Madrid, with the Dutchman insisting he is not the "bad guy in the movie".
'Nothing surprises me anymore', Lionel Messi bids farewell to Luis Suarez with fresh dig at Barcelona management
Messi has a long-running feud with club president Josep Maria Bartomeu which intensified after Barcelona were humiliated 8-2 by Bayern in a Champions League quarter-final in August.
Bartomeu and his board are already set to be replaced in a club election in March. But some club members think they should go now after last month's 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich, a season without titles, and Lionel Messi's attempt to leave the club.
Manchester City would have been the favourites to sign Messi if he had managed to make his way out of Barcelona. Instead, he will stay until the end of his contract that runs until June 2021.
LaLiga: Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu to face vote of no confidence following petition from members
Barcelona said 20,687 signatures were submitted calling for the vote of censure. A minimum of 16,520 signatures, the equivalent to 15% of all members, were needed.
Lionel Messi scores two in Barcelona's friendly game against Girona, Luis Suarez, Arturo Vidal remain absent
Lionel Messi netted two goals and set up one more in a 3-1 victory over second-tier Girona, Barcelona’s second training match since Ronald Koeman took over as coach.
New Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has been on the hunt for a striker after telling Uruguayan Luis Suarez he wasn't in his plans for the coming season.
LaLiga: 'Lionel Messi is the best', Ronald Koeman begins reconciliation with Argentine forward at Barcelona
Messi only returned to pre-season training on Monday and has worked on the squad's days off as he tries to make up for lost time following a chaotic few weeks.