Messi: It Would Be Terrible If Neymar Joined Real!
Lionel Messi: It Would Be Terrible If Neymar Joined Real Madrid!
FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has voiced his strong opinion on rumours linking his former teammate Neymar with a move to bitter rivals Real Madrid.
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The Argentine chatted to TyC Sports ahead of his visit to South Africa, and insisted it would be "terrible" for the Catalan giants if does Neymar decide to join Los Blancos one day.
"It would be terrible, because of what Ney means for Barcelona," he said, as quoted by Marca.
"Here he won important titles; Champions League, LaLiga... and it would be a hard blow for everyone.
"It would make Real Madrid better, and when I speak with him, he knows it."
Neymar joined Paris Saint-Germain in a €222 million (R3.3 billion) world record deal in August 2017, but reports suggest that he wants to leave the French giants in the coming transfer window, and that he met with Real representatives during his recovery in Brazil recently to discuss a potential switch.
The superstar himself recently stated that he is getting "tired" of the constant transfer rumours around his future, before adding that he is focusing only on the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The 26-year-old is the standout name in the Selecao's 23-man squad for the tournament, as announced on Monday.
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