The people of Barcelona reacted when Koeman and Busquets mentioned Messi in their speeches before the Joan Gamper trophy.
The friendly against Juventus was played with an audience at the Johan Cruyff stadium, and the figure of the Argentine star was present every second.
The Joan Gamper trophy, a traditional friendly match before the start of the competitions for Barcelona, was the first thermometer for the fans of the culé team after the unexpected departure of Lionel Messi. The fans who came to the Johan Cruyff stadium applauded the idol 10 minutes into the duel against Juventus in tribute to his classic number. Also, at different times of the game. But during the speeches, their reactions expressed the pain for no longer having the 34-year-old star, which everything indicates that he will move his talent to PSG.
It is worth remembering that La Pulga wanted to stay in Catalonia. So it was all agreed for him to sign a contract for another two years. But the problems of the Blaugrana leadership to the square in the financial Fair Play demanded by the League of Spain dynamited the possibility of continuity, even with the star agreeing to reduce his income by 50%.
For this reason, for the Catalans, not having the highest figure of the last 17 years was an insult. Sergio Busquets, another symbol of Barcelona, became the first captain after the departure of his teammate. And he dedicated a good section of his speech to the public. "I will try to be up to par; I am proud," he said. "I want to make a special memory for Leo. Thank you, Leo, for taking Barça to the top by making history, being the best player in the world, and setting all the individual and collective records. We will always be very grateful, we will miss you very much, and we wish you the best. Eternal thanks, Leo", he stressed. There the tribunes thundered. Some insults were heard towards Pjanic and Umtiti, two of whom did not want to leave in pursuit of making room for Messi's contract.
"Goodnight, everyone. First of all, I want to tell you that we are delighted to have you back in this field; I hope that soon we will fill the big field again (about Camp Nou). It has been very hard for everyone. We are delighted to come ", prefaced his words Ronald Koeman.
"Despite the farewell to Leo Messi ... "he said and was interrupted by the fans who sang "Meeessi. Meeessi". We are very excited about this new season, the squad we have, the signatures we have made, the rise of the youth, the future of this great club. We are convinced that we will give them a lot of joy this season. With a lot of help, sacrifice, work, we will achieve the maximum; we know what it is to be Barsa and what this club represents," he concluded.
The friendly curiosity is that Messi was not present, but Cristiano Ronaldo was in the ranks of the Italian cast. About the end of the first half, he set out to execute a free-kick. And the fans returned to evoke their flag chanting the name of Messi, Omnipresent, even though he no longer belongs to the club in which he became the maximum reference.