It will be bad if Neymar joins Real Madrid, says Lionel Messi

Heather Diaz
May 17, 2018

"Although [Neymar's time in Barcelona] ended the way it did, he won important titles here, he won the Champions League, he won La Liga".

Indeed, Lionel Messi has informed him just that- indicating that Real Madrid are perhaps pressing for him.

One such suitor is Real Madrid, who have been heavily linked with Neymar in recent months.

The Argentina captain told TyC Sports channel programme "Libero" (via Sport): "It would be bad [if Neymar moved to Madrid] because of everything he means to Barcelona".

And the Argentine admitted seeing his former team-mate at Madrid would be a huge blow.

Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane recently expressed his own view that the Brazilian star would be a compatible fit with Cristiano Ronaldo but they would need to place a bid in excess of £200million to prise him away with PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi adamant he will not be sold in the summer.

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And Neymar also thinks moving to Real would boost his chances of winning the Ballon d'Or.

With that in mind, it's no surprise he was named as the best player in Ligue 1 for the 2017-18 season.

The 26-year-old made his debut for the Parisians last August following his world-record £198m move from Barcelona and marked the occasion with a goal as they had an easy 3-0 win against Guingamp. I will call him in my office.

Considering his status as one of the best players in the world, it is not surprising that there are few big spending clubs that are ready to make a move for the player in the summer.

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The Brazilian has refused to talk about the speculation and said he is concentrating on recovering from a foot injury in time for next month's World Cup.Messi, the five-times World Player of the Year, said he was looking forward to the tournament in Russian Federation and was targeting at least a semi-final place with Argentina. "It's what we all want".

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