Guardiola said goodbye to the Nou Camp crowd with victory over Espanyol last night.
He said: “Leo has captured the limelight all season, I can’t be jealous. Expect him to keep on doing it in the future. I’ve tried to help him as much as I can, and he’s helped me improve and become a recognisable manager."
Messi decided to celebrate his fourth goal by hugging Guardiola, who added: “I’m grateful to Leo for the gesture. I’ve received a lot of love from the players this whole time, within the demands that unite us. I love them a lot and that’s what we have left.”