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 has said his former Barcelona team-mate Neymar leaving Paris Saint-Germain and signing for Real Madrid "would be awful to see". Moreover, the Argentinean is concerned the move, if it were to happen, would make Real a much stronger team.

However, in typical Neymar style, rumours began only months later that he was unhappy in France and was only interested in playing the Champions League fixtures - with the poor standard of Ligue 1 opposition taking him by surprise.

Many consider him to have reached the very top of that chart, with few players able to match his achievements - with a remarkable roll of honour including nine La Liga titles, four Champions League crowns, five Ballons d'Or and 552 goals for Barca.

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Zinedine Zidane's men take on Liverpool in the final next weekend, seeking to win the trophy for a third consecutive year.

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.

The five-time Ballon d'Or victor also spoke of his commitment to Barcelona, saying he believes he can achieve all his dreams with the Catalan club.

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"Every time I start a season I try to improve myself, win everything, leave everything every time I go out to the pitch, give the maximum for my teammates and for myself".

"I need to maintain my performance levels high for many seasons".

Asked whether he would consider moving to Manchester to join Aguero, Messi replied: "No, he should come to Barcelona".

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"It stimulates me to see Real Madrid again in the Champions League final, to see them winning leagues", Messi explained, talking about his rivalry with Ronaldo. "It's what we all want".

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