Messi: Neymar joining Real Madrid would be ‘terrible’

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has admitted that it would be “terrible” if former team-mate Neymar were to join Real Madrid.

Neymar moved to Paris Saint-Germain last summer in a record-breaking €222 million transfer, but rumours have swirled around his future all season.

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.

“It would be terrible because of everything that Ney means to Barcelona,” Messi told TyC Sports.

“Although [Neymar’s time in Barcelona] ended the way it did, he won important titles here, he won the Champions League, he won La Liga.”

“If he ends up in Madrid it would be a tough blow for us and for all of Barcelona.

“And on a football level, it would make Madrid much stronger than they already are.”

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