“It’s Complicated”: When Lionel Messi Had to Unfollow Best Friend Luis Suarez Because of an Ad

Published 11/14/2023, 6:48 AM EST

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Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez remain the best of friends since their Barcelona days. Both of them won a remarkable number of trophies in their days at the Catalan club. But, they did an ad where they surprisingly had to become enemies. The Argentinian even had to unfollow Luis Suarez for the ad which raised the stakes!

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The good thing is that it was only an ad. Despite going to separate teams post their departure from Barcelona, Messi and Suárez have maintained a strong connection. The best thing now for the fans is they can probably see them in a few days on the same team.

A nostalgic trip to a viral ad of Gatorade with Lionel Messi against Luis Suarez

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There are soccer ads where rival players often feature against each other. But, one hilarious Gatorade ad from 2018 has best buddies Messi and Suarez pitted against each other during their time together at FC Barcelona. They did the ad as the company was the official energy drink partner of the club. The ad starts with their bond as teammates. However, things quickly changes and they become enemies when it came to national teams. Messi decides to unfollow Suarez on Instagram. He then describes the relationship as “It’s complicated,” whereas, Suarez makes the news for selling Messi’s jersey online for only $2. Messi even takes revenge by making his dog pee outside Suarez’s house.

The ad ends with both of them making their way to the stadium for a game against each other. It ends with the tagline Everything changes, except what is inside them. The ad did well in the media as it launched the ad during the 2018 World Cup in Russia. So the rivalry between both of them made sense. This was the biggest ad for Gatorade in their decade-long history. The ad sort of increased the visibility of the energy drink in Latin America because of the presence of its top stars.

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Nonetheless, soccer fans will always remain thankful that they never became enemies in real life. The Barca fans still remember their goals and trophies for the club in their stint together.

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Barcelona fans still today remember the partnership of Messi, Suarez, and Neymar (MSN). Some of them also had the opinion that Neymar should not have gone to PSG. Even after their departure, Suarez and Messi continued to remain a destructive force for the La Liga club. There were matches where the Argentinian and the Uruguayan turned the losing matches into wins on their own.

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Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored a combined 621 goals in only 258 games during their stint together for FC Barcelona. In this goal, Lionel Messi provided 43 assists in goals from Suarez. Whereas, Suarez turned provider for Lionel Messi for 56 of them. Both together with the La Liga club managed to win 13 trophies together at the club. This included four La Liga titles and one Champions League trophy.

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This is also the reason the Argentinian is pushing for the arrival of Suarez at Inter Miami. Luis Suarez has also mentioned in a number of interviews that he would like to end his playing career with Lionel Messi in his team. Do you wish to see the duo together? Let us know your thoughts below.

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Anuj Nikhil Virjiani

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Anuj Virjiani is a soccer writer at Essentially Sports. With a fervent passion for the sport, especially the English Premier League, Anuj has meticulously cultivated his expertise in dissecting the game's technical intricacies and strategic nuances, both on and off the field. Anuj's cherished club is, interestingly, Newcastle United, and he has closely followed and analyzed the club's journey through its highs and lows, and enjoyed witnessing their triumphant promotion from the second tier, their recent takeover, and the remarkable qualification for the Champions League last season.
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