Lionel Messi has conceded it "would be terrible" if former Barcelona teammate Neymar joined Real Madrid this summer, as the five-time Ballon d'Or victor voiced his opinion on the furious speculation surrounding the Brazilian's future.
He told TyC Sports: "It would be awful, because of everything he means to Barcelona".
The Argentinian, who won the Champions League and two of his LaLiga titles with Neymar alongside him at Barca, said he had spoken to the Brazilian about rumours linking him with a return to Spain. "I speak with him, so he already knows what I think".
The Brazilian midfielder, who left Barcelona to join Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record £200m deal, is embroiled in speculation over his future.
Messi and Neymar were teammates for four years in Catalonia, so it's no surprise that the Argentine doesn't want the move to happen.
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But the 26-year-old striker has sought to play down the talk of another move.
The striker said he feared he would miss the June 14-July 15 World Cup finals in Russian Federation in the immediate aftermath of suffering the injury.
"We have no obligations to anyone". The fact that we've been in three finals and failed to become champions in all of them is a heavy burden we bear.
"At each transfer period, we speak, we speak", the attacker said.
Messi, the five-time World Player of the Year, also said he was looking forward to the tournament in Russian Federation and was targeting at least a semi-final place with Argentina. "They can kill you on the counterattack with players like Ney, [Philippe] Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus and Paulinho". They really know what they're doing. Moreover, the Argentinean is concerned the move, if it were to happen, would make Real a much stronger team.