Neymar confirms PSG move in reply to Lionel Messi's moving Barcelona farewell message
Lionel Messi has bid Neymar farewell and 'good luck' as the Brazilian edges closer to completing a world record move to PSG.
Barcelona have confirmed that Neymar has asked for permission to leave the club with PSG expected to complete a £198m transfer early next week.
Messi and Neymar formed two thirds of the so-called 'MSN' strike-force that has wreaked havoc on Europe over the past four years, scoring 364 goals as triumvirate.
"It was an enormous pleasure to have shared all these years with you friend Neymar," Messi wrote, alongside a video montage of the pair's highlights as team-mates and friends.
"I wish you luck in this new stage of your life. I love you."
Neymar replied to the message: "Thank you brother. I will miss you!"
Barcelona said in a statement this lunchtime: "The player Neymar Jr, accompanied by his father and agent, has informed FC Barcelona this morning of his decision to leave the club in a meeting held at the club’s offices.
"Faced with this position, the club has informed them they refer to the buy-out clause of his existing contract which as of 1 July totals 222 million euros which will have to be deposited in its entirety.
"Furthermore, in reply to the claim for the contract extension bonus, the club has once again made it clear that the amount remains deposited with a notary until the case is resolved.
"The player remains under contract at FC Barcelona but with temporary permission to not take part in training sessions."
Neymar won two La Liga honours and one Champions League title as a Barcelona player.
The 25-year-old has made no secret of the fact he wants to win the Ballon D'Or, having finished in fifth place behind team-mates Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi last year.