Sergio Aguero reflects on ‘moment of shock’ when Lionel Messi’s Barcelona exit was confirmed and claims his best pal was ‘very sick’ after the news as he reveals he tried to ‘distract’ him during visit to his house
- Sergio Aguero has told of the ‘moment of shock’ when Lionel Messi left Barca
- The ex-Man City star is close friends with Messi and tried to console him
- He said his fellow Argentine was ‘very sick’ after visiting him at his home
- Messi went on to seal a sensational free transfer to PSG this summer
Lionel Messi’s exit from Barcelona left the forward ‘very sick’, according to close friend Sergio Aguero – as he revealed the ‘moment of shock’ when the legendary star’s departure was confirmed.
Messi ended his 20-year spell with the Catalan outfit this summer with the cash-strapped side unable to afford his eye-watering £600,000 a week salary, and the Argentine was reduced to tears at his farewell press conference as he was forced to leave his beloved club.
The 34-year-old went on to seal a sensational free transfer to PSG to join former Barcelona team-mate Neymar and compatriots Angel Di Maria and Leondro Paredes, but the player found it difficult to deal with the immediate aftermath of his exit, according to former Man City striker and fellow Argentine Aguero.
Sergio Aguero has revealed Lionel Messi was ‘very sick’ after his Barcelona exit was confirmed
The ex-City star consoled Messi on a visit to his house after the news and tried to distract him
‘It was a moment of shock,’ he told El Pais. ‘He was very sick. When I found out I couldn’t believe it.
‘That Saturday I went to see him at his house. And, because of my personality, since I didn’t see him well, I tried make him forget what had happened.
‘I could see that he was half off and I was trying to distract him. I was telling him about my Esports team. And the things we were doing.’
Messi went on to seal a sensational free transfer to PSG with Barca unable to pay his salary
Aguero – a friend of Messi’s and an Argentina team-mate – said his exit was ‘a moment of shock’
Aguero had been hoping to play alongside him at club level after joining Barca this summer
Aguero has been a team-mate of Messi’s on the international stage for years, but the pair were very briefly together at club level as he signed for Barca on a free transfer this summer having left the Etihad.
He had been on the blue side of Manchester for a decade and was looking forward to linking up with Messi before the club shortly announced the players would be ending his long and iconic spell.
Aguero is yet to feature for Barcelona since his switch as he continues rehabilitation from a calf issue, but scored during a training match this week as he steps up his fitness levels to prove his worth to boss Ronald Koeman.