Messi, who teared up while making the announcement at a press conference Sunday, said he had done everything to stay with Barcelona including offering to take a 50% pay cut.
Hassan, who is of Ethiopian descent, won medals at the 1,500m, 5,000m & the 10,000m, the first athlete to do so in the middle and long distance events.
Neeraj Chopra, who belongs to 4 Rajputana Rifles, initially took to the javelin to lose weight. Now, he's earned India's first Olympics gold in athletics.
President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi also hailed the young javelin thrower's 'unparalleled grit' for the landmark gold-winning feat at the Tokyo Games.
He threw a distance of 87.58 meters at the Tokyo Olympics to become the first Indian to win a gold in track and field in the Olympics.
With Punia's podium-finish, Indian wrestlers matched their best performance at the Olympics. Sushil Kumar had won a silver while Yogeshwar Dutt clinched a bronze in the 2012 edition.
PM Modi congratulated the team and said that their hard work and sweat might not have got India a medal but the team has become an inspiration for crores of girls in the country.
The other Indian golfer in fray, Diksha Dagar remained in the lower half of the leaderboard after an erratic one-over 72, her third successive over-par card of the week.
The heartbreak came a day after the Indian men's team ended a 41-year-old medal drought by clinching bronze with a 5-4 win over Germany.
The 22-year-old wrestler was leading 2-1 in the bronze medal bout Thursday but San Marino’s Myles Nazem Amine snatched away the victory in the last moments.