Messi: It would be “terrible” if Neymar joins Real Madrid

Lionel Messi of Barcelona, said that it would be “terrible” if his old team-mate Neymar were to join rivals Real Madrid.

Neymar left Barcelona last year to join Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record £200m deal and has been tipped to return to Spain to sign for Madrid this summer.

He told : “It would be terrible, because of everything he means to Barcelona. Messi, who spent four seasons alongside Neymar at the Nou Camp, admits he would not like to see the 26-year-old at the Bernabeu.

“Ney won important trophies here. He won the Champions League and La Liga. It would be a huge blow for everyone. It would make Real Madrid even stronger from a football point of view.”

He further added: “I am not tempted to leave Barcelona. I will not be better anywhere else, this is the best team in the world. Every year I fight to win everything. I do not need to go to another team to prove anything.”

Messi and Neymar will be rivals this summer as Argentina and Brazil chase World Cup glory in Russia.