After Lionel Messi’s request to leave Barcelona, Real Madrid players were stunned, ESPN reports.
The players of the current champions of Laliga exchanged frantic WhatsApp messages amongst themselves after the news broke that Messi had faxed the club about his intentions to quit.
Even a day after the news broke out, that’s on Wednesday, Los Blancos players were reportedly still saying they found it hard to believe that the 33-year-old would follow through on his threat to dump their bitter rivals.
Every member of this Real Madrid squad has played El Clasico with Messi. Even Sergio Ramos joined the summer after Messi made his competitive Barca debut in October 2004.
The Argentine superstar is the all-time El Clasico top scorer with 26 goals, 18 of them in LaLiga.
Many are expecting him to be playing in England next term, with Manchester City keen to reunite him with Pep Guardiola at the Etihad.