The injury to Lionel Messi, which will sideline the Argentine superstar for the next two months, caused plenty of reactions all around the footballing world. And two of his former Barcelona mates sent him heartfelt messages.
Legendary Blaugrana coach Pep Guardiola and former Barça midfielder Cesc Fàbregas both spoke to the press ahead of their teams' Champions League matches, and they were questioned about Messi's knee injury, and they both expressed the desire to see him back as early as possible.
"Messi's injury is a shame, although it is good news that he'll only be out for eight matches. I'm a giant fan of his and I hope he's recovered and ready to play in no time.
"I have already spoken to Leo, I tried to cheer him up. And all I hope is that his recovery goes well and he can return to the pitch, which is where he belongs."
Hey Cesc, we kind of don't like you around here because of the things you've been saying since you left -- plus you've joined Chelsea --, but we know you guys are good friends and you really wish him well.
And hey Pep, thanks a lot. You know we love you.