'I love you' - Messi bids sweet farewell to Neymar on Instagram

BARCELONA - Lionel Messi bid farewell to Neymar on Instagram on Wednesday (Aug 2) after the Brazilian striker told him and other Barcelona teammates he was leaving, saying it was a "huge pleasure" to have played with him.

The Catalan club confirmed on Wednesday that Neymar wanted to leave after weeks of intense speculation, taking the 25-year-old closer to a potential world record move to Paris Saint-Germain.

"It was a huge pleasure having shared all those years with you, my friend @neymarjr," Messi wrote on Instagram next to a montage of pictures of both football stars high-fiving, embracing or laughing.

"I wish you lots of luck in this new stage in your life. See you soon tkm," he added.

"Tkm" stands for "te quiero mucho" (I love you loads).