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Lionel Messi admits it would be 'terrible' if Neymar joins Real Madrid

Lionel Messi admits it would be 'terrible' if Neymar joins Real Madrid

"It would be bad because of everything that Ney means to Barcelona", Messi told TyC Sports.

"It's always in mind to help the team to win games, now we are in the Champions League next year and I have won the award, so I am very proud".

Neymar, 26, became the world's most expensive player last summer after Paris Saint-Germain triggered his £198m activation clause, though the capital club's talisman has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid in recent months.

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And at a soccer level, he would make Madrid much stronger than that it is.

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"I don't compete with Cristiano", Messi said. However, an unfortunate injury cut short Neymar's season and he was left sidelined as Real Madrid beat PSG in the Champions League. The fact that these things are spoken of about me, well, that's that. "The more trophies I've won at the end of the season, the better, and obviously with the national team, which is something I still don't have".

Messi will soon begin World Cup preparations with Argentina, looking to go one better than they managed four years ago, when it lost the final to Germany.

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

On Sunday, the central defender was speaking to Canal Football after being crowned champions of France and Marquinhos backed what president Nasser Al Khelaifi said, " I have the feeling that Neymar will stay.