Lionel Messi gives his honest opinion on Neymar potentially joining Real Madrid

Lionel Messi gives his honest opinion on Neymar potentially joining Real Madrid

Lionel Messi gives his honest opinion on Neymar potentially joining Real Madrid

Brazil's 23-members football team squad has been announced for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which will take place in Russian Federation.

The jersey of newly-signed Neymar wore on his debut for Paris Saint-Germain has been sold for nearly €250,000 at a charity auction.

Neymar, who formed one third of the "MSN" trident alongside Messi and Luis Suarez at Barça until last summer, recently said that the thing he most misses from his time in Spain is the friendship with his two attacking teammates. He won the Champions League [and] La Liga [titles].

The 26-year-old is reportedly unhappy in France and has been linked with Manchester United, as well as a shock move to Real Madrid.

The Brazilian forward quit the Camp Nou outfit to join Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain after the French club triggered his $266m release clause and has impressed in his debut season, scoring 28 goals and assisting 19, before he suffered a season-ending foot injury in March.

"But right now, I'm a coach of these players, and I value what they have done and what they are doing, whenever we have difficulties, they are the ones who are fighting".

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And speaking to TyC Sports, he said: "It would be awful, because of everything he means to Barcelona". It would be a huge blow for everyone. Messi is running out of time to clinch the World Cup and silence critics whereas Neymar who is now 26-years still has a few more World Cups to work on.

When asked if he was open to a move from Barca after playing for the senior team for 14 long years, Messi said, "I am not tempted to leave Barcelona".

Messi also admitted signing Neymar "make Real Madrid even stronger from a football point of view", before adding of the rumours, "I speak with him, so he already knows what I think".

In an interview with TyCSports, Messi opened up on discussions he has had with Neymar.

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.

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