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Lionel Messi: Neymar joining Real Madrid would be ‘huge blow’ to Barcelona

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Barcelona star Lionel Messi says it would be a “huge blow” to the Catalan giants if his former teammate Neymar left Paris Saint-Germain for Real Madrid.

Neymar, who quit Barca last summer after four years at Camp Nou to join PSG in a world-record €222 million deal, has been linked with a big money move back to Spain with Real Madrid to be is likely destination.

“It would be terrible [if Neymar moved to Madrid] because of everything he means to Barcelona,” Messi said in an interview with Argentina’s TyC Sports.

“Ney won important trophies here. He won the Champions League [and] La Liga [titles]. It would be a huge blow for everyone. It would make Madrid even stronger from a football point of view. I speak with him, so he already knows what I think.”

Messi also hailed his relationship with teammate Luis Suarez.

He added: ‘The relationship I have with Suarez outside the field improved our feeling on the field.

“He is a serious person, very familiar. Much love and we made a nice friendship.”

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