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Cesc Fabregas has shared an amazing story of how Lionel Messi left him on the first floor, on their first day of Barcelona training together.
It's been an emotional few days for everyone connected to FC Barcelona, since the confirmation Messi was leaving the club, with tributes from current Barca players and the manager.
The fans too have been extremely sensitive about the whole thing, with one falling to his knees outside the Nou Camp on Thursday night.
Fabregas is a former teammate of Messi's at Barcelona, and is still a fan of the club, and he revealed how the six time Ballon d'Or winner left him on the ground when they were kids in La Masia, on their first day together.
"I will always remember the day you came to the dressing room at 13 years old and we were told an Argentine kid had come to try out," the former Chelsea midfielder tweeted in a thread.
"You sat down and never said a word. The coach told me to go in strong in a one-on-one exercise against you, you looked so small that I thought I'd take the ball off you in a second.
"Silly me, you left me on the floor and from there I knew you were something special."
Along with his story, the 34-year-old midfielder added his own emotional message to his friend, "My dream had always been to play in the Barca first team, but to do that with you and with Geri [Gerard Pique], that always made that dream a lot more special," Fabregas continued.
"In the end it came true and just for the fact that I felt like I did playing at false 9 alongside you and seeing the connection we had, that made it all worth it. You leave as the best player of all time. Barca will never be the same without you.
"Thank you for everything you have given and everything that you are, because behind that competitive animal there is a spectacular, humble, kind and generous person.
"I wish you, Anto, Thiagui, Matu and Ciro all the best. I am sure you will be happy wherever you go. I love you."
Siempre recordaré el día que llegaste al vestuario con 13 años y nos dijeron que un chaval de argentina venía a probar. Te sentaste y no hablaste en todo el rato. El entrenador me dijo en el ejercicio de 1 contra 1 que fuera fuerte contra ti, te vi tan pequeño, que pensé que pic.twitter.com/AVLUYVm9AJ- Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) August 7, 2021
The two former Barcelona academy graduates could soon be reunited in Ligue 1, with Messi expected to sign for PSG in the next couple of days.,
Fabregas now plays for the Parisians' rivals Monaco, although the two sides aren't set to meet until mid December, when Mauricio Pochettino's side play hosts.
Will Messi put his friend on the floor once again?