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Neymar to Real would be tough for Barcelona, says Messi

17 May 2018

Liverpool youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold says that he is looking forward to the challenge of coming up against Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League final.

And although Neymar has been as good as anyone in the continent there were rumors speculating that the 26-year-old was disappointed with the lack of competitiveness in the Ligue 1.

The subject of Messi's former team-mate Neymar being linked to Real Madrid refuses to go away. You heard the president. "You know a lot about him and the likes of [Lionel] Messi because you watch them on YouTube when you're growing up, you always watch those type of players", he told reporters. "But we never spoke about a departure".

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Barcelona striker Lionel Messi is nearly certain to win this year's Golden Shoe* award for the leading goalscorer in league matches from the top division of every European national league.

The Argentina captain told TyC Sports channel programme "Libero" (via Sport): "It would be awful [if Neymar moved to Madrid] because of everything he means to Barcelona".

The attacking duo have shared the Ballon d'Or between them since 2008, winning five each, and are widely considered to be the greatest footballers of their generation. I have never suggested that: "not being the first, nor the second, third or fourth", goal.com quoted Messi as saying. "I do not need to go to another team to prove anything". Every year, I am fighting to win everything. "And on a football level, it would make Madrid much stronger than they already are".

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Salah swoop every award available before him in England following a remarkable season with Liverpool in the just ended English Premier League - claiming the top scorers accolade with 32 goals and was also adjudged as the PFA Player of the Year.

Messi sounds genuinely scared that Neymar will join Barcelona's fierce rivals, which isn't something you usually associate with the 30-year-old.

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Neymar to Real would be tough for Barcelona, says Messi