It will be awful if Neymar joins Real Madrid, says Lionel Messi

It will be awful if Neymar joins Real Madrid, says Lionel Messi

I think it's one of the most hard I've ever had, because I'm very close to a dream I have, which is the World Cup.

With less than one month until the showpiece tournament commences in Russian Federation, the Paris Saint-Germain forward wants to prove his fitness in a bid to regain his form from earlier in the year.

Incidentally, Neymar had reportedly said he'd return to Barcelona if Messi requested him to.

"It would be bad, because of all that Ney means to Barcelona", Messi told Argentina's TyC Sports."If he ends up at Real Madrid it would be a major blow to us".

It made the 26-year-old the most expensive player in the world and left Barca scrambling for a replacement.

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. It would be a huge blow for everyone.

"The World Cup is the biggest championship in the world, I just want to play and be a champion".

Marcelo told reporters: "The best come to Madrid and I would love to play with Neymar".

Lionel Messi has now reacted to the rumours of Neymar moving to the Bernabeu and he's given his honest opinion on the situation by saying it would "tough" to accept. It would make Madrid even stronger from a football point of view.

Argentina kick off their World Cup campaign against Iceland on June 16 and then face Nigeria and Croatia.They have struggled under coach Jorge Sampaoli, who took over a year ago and has won just five of his 10 games in charge.

Neymar is desperate to win Brazil their first World Cup since 2002 as he accelerates his return from injury.

Should he end up joining Real, Neymar will follow in the controversial footsteps of countryman Ronaldo and Luis Figo.

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