Lionel Messi says it might be a “huge blow” to Barcelona if his former teammate Neymar left Paris Saint-Germain for Actual Madrid.
Neymar stop Barca final summer season after 4 years at Camp Nou to hitch PSG in a world-record €222 million deal, however his debut marketing campaign in France has been fraught with rumours a few supposed return to Spain with Barca’s Clasico rivals Madrid.
“It would be terrible [if Neymar moved to Madrid] because of everything he means to Barcelona,” Messi mentioned in an interview with Argentina’s TyC Sports activities.
“Ney won important trophies here. He won the Champions League [and] La Liga [titles]. It would be a huge blow for everyone. It would make Madrid even stronger from a football point of view. I speak with him, so he already knows what I think.”
Neymar mentioned Sunday that the fixed hypothesis was getting “annoying,” however the Brazilian stopped in need of denying the stream of tales within the Spanish press that claimed a transfer to the Bernabeu is on the playing cards.
Messi and Neymar obtained on effectively on and off the pitch throughout their time collectively at Barcelona, however they might be rivals this summer season even when Madrid do not signal the PSG ahead. The 2 South Individuals will probably be hoping to guide their respective international locations to World Cup success in Russia.
Brazil breezed via qualification, and Messi admitted they are going to begin the match among the many candidates to win it.
“Brazil are going into the finals in good type, regardless of the unhealthy luck they’d with Ney’s damage,” the Argentinian mentioned. “However he will probably be again flying rapidly along with his health ranges.
“As a gaggle, they work effectively, they usually have nice people. They will kill you on the counterattack with gamers like Ney, [Philippe] Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus and Paulinho.
“They know what they’re doing. They’re a well-tuned unit. They’re one of the teams that could win the World Cup.”
Samuel Marsden covers Barcelona for ESPN FC. Comply with him on Twitter @SamuelMarsden.