Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Messi: Huge blow if Neymar joins Real

Messi: Huge blow if Neymar joins Real

"He won important titles here, he won the Champions League, he won La Liga".

Lionel Messi has conceded it "would be terrible" if former Barcelona teammate Neymar joined Real Madrid this summer, as the five-time Ballon d'Or victor voiced his opinion on the furious speculation surrounding the Brazilian's future.

Lionel Messi (left) is hopeful Neymar (center) does not join Cristiano Ronaldo (right) at Real Madrid next season.

"It would be awful, because of what Ney means for Barcelona", he said, as quoted by Marca. It would be a huge blow for everyone.

"It would make Real Madrid stronger".

And Neymar also thinks moving to Real would boost his chances of winning the Ballon d'Or. A few days ago, speaking with Brazilian legend Zico, he said he needed to "lose my fear as quickly as possible to be ready for the World Cup". At the gala, Arnaud Lagardere, a well-known personality in France, paid 240,000 euros for one of the Neymar's shirts. "What I miss from Barcelona and about Barcelona is these two [Messi and Suarez], due to the joy we had on a daily basis".

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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 not be better anywhere else, this is the best team in the world.

"I have not met him".

While Real Madrid are supposedly the frontrunners in the race to sign the superstar still, the Mancunians reportedly possess a trump card in the form of Neymar Santos Sr.

Messi and Neymar were teammates for four years in Catalonia, so it's no surprise that the Argentine doesn't want the move to happen.

They reached the final of the same tournament in 2015 and 2016 but lost both times and Messi said the successive failures weighed heavily."It's a weight that we carry and we want to overcome it", he said.

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