Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and other global stars react to Neymar's move to PSG

As news of Neymar's record-breaking transfer to PSG broke over Thursday and Friday, players including Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez posted their reactions to the move on social media.

Sport360 staff
by Sport360 staff
4th August 2017

article:4th August 2017

Neymar’s transfer from Barcelona to PSG has sent shockwaves through the world of football, and predictably there has been an outpouring of reaction on social media.

His colleagues in the famed MSN strike force were the first to react, with Lionel Messi posting an emotional farewell and Luis Suarez followed suit.


Fellow Barcelona teammates Gerard Pique and Andres Iniesta have also taken to social media to say their good-byes, as have Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, and Javier Mascherano, among others.

Although Barcelona fans may be upset at Neymar’s move, the players all wished the departing star good luck for his career – clearly, there are no hard feelings within the Barcelona camp.

Meanwhile, Brazil legend Pele, the man Neymar hopes to emulate, congratulated his compatriot on the move, and Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford posted a picture of himself with Neymar from earlier this season while also congratulating the Brazilian.

And Brazilians Lucas Moura and Marquinhos were the first PSG players to welcome their new teammate on social media.

*Pictures translated using Google Translate


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Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and other global stars react to Neymar’s move to PSG

As news of Neymar's record-breaking transfer to PSG broke over Thursday and Friday, players including Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez posted their reactions to the move on social media.

Lionel Messi posted a heartfelt farewell...

Lionel Messi posted a heartfelt farewell...

...as did the other member of the MSN triumvirate, Luis Suarez.

...as did the other member of the MSN triumvirate, Luis Suarez.

Gerard Pique also posted an emotional good-bye - just days after hinting Neymar would stay.

Gerard Pique also posted an emotional good-bye - just days after hinting Neymar would stay.

Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta joined in the farewells.

Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta joined in the farewells.

Sergio Busquets, who had spoken about Neymar's transfer earlier in the summer, added his own message.

Sergio Busquets, who had spoken about Neymar's transfer earlier in the summer, added his own message.

Javier Mascherano posted this picture and message to say good-bye.

Javier Mascherano posted this picture and message to say good-bye.

Ivan Rakitic will no doubt miss having Neymar in front of him to pass to.

Ivan Rakitic will no doubt miss having Neymar in front of him to pass to.

Jordi Alba said he hoped all of Neymar's dreams would come true.

Jordi Alba said he hoped all of Neymar's dreams would come true.

Sergi Roberto posted a picture of himself and Neymar in happier times.

Sergi Roberto posted a picture of himself and Neymar in happier times.

Samuel Umtiti gave thanks for "one beautiful season" with Neymar.

Samuel Umtiti gave thanks for "one beautiful season" with Neymar.

Fellow Brazilian Rafinha posted a short, sweet message.

Fellow Brazilian Rafinha posted a short, sweet message.

Marc ter Stegen made it a point to highlight Neymar's fun-loving personality.

Marc ter Stegen made it a point to highlight Neymar's fun-loving personality.

Brazil legend Pele congratulated his compatriot on the move.

Brazil legend Pele congratulated his compatriot on the move.

Fellow Brazilian Lucas Moura was the first PSG player to welcome Neymar.

Fellow Brazilian Lucas Moura was the first PSG player to welcome Neymar.

And another of PSG's Brazilian contingent, Marquinhos, also welcomed his new teammate.

And another of PSG's Brazilian contingent, Marquinhos, also welcomed his new teammate.

Marcus Rashford added his congratulations to the chorus.

Marcus Rashford added his congratulations to the chorus.