Messi: It Would Be Terrible If Neymar Joined Real!

Messi: It Would Be Terrible If Neymar Joined Real!

Messi: It Would Be Terrible If Neymar Joined Real!

"I don't know if they (Real chiefs) are negotiating for Neymar".

Brazil legend Rivaldo has urged Neymar to leave Paris Saint-Germian if he wants to win "anything important", including the Champions League.

"It would be bad, because of what Ney means for Barcelona", he said, as quoted by Marca.

And the Argentine admitted seeing his former team-mate at Madrid would be a huge blow. It would make Madrid even stronger from a football point of view. This combined strike force helped him to win the treble in the 2014-15 season with the club and a host of trophies along the way.

All but one of coach Tite's starting line-up in World Cup qualifiers was confirmed in the squad Monday: Alisson; Miranda, Marquinhos and Marcelo; Casemiro, Paulinho, Renato Augusto and Philippe Coutinho; Neymar and Gabriel Jesus.

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Returning from a long layoff will be a challenge for the forward, as he'll have to get back up to speed quickly if he is to shine on the biggest stage in the sport. "They can kill you on the counterattack with players like Ney, [Philippe] Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus and Paulinho". Now beginning to cross 30-years of age.

Messi starred alongside Neymar for four trophy-laden seasons at Camp Nou, and confessed it would be hard to see his friend join Barcelona's fierce rivals.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is a known admirer of the 26-year-old Brazil star, while reports from Spain have talked of a campaign to court Neymar - whose prospective price tag in the press ranges from €260-400m - as he recovered from a footy injury in his homeland.

Neymar went to Paris a few days ago to join in the festivities of PSG's end of season celebrations with his teammates. Since joining Les Parisiens last summer in a world record £200 million deal, the player took no time to stamp his authority in Ligue 1.

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