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Messi alarmed by possible Neymar move to Real Madrid

IANS  |  Buenos Aires 

superstar and has said that seeing his former Barca teammate end up with arch-rivals Real Madrid will be a "hard blow."

"It would be terrible because of what Ney means to Barcelona," Messi told Argentina's TyC on Tuesday, reports news agency.

"Despite the way in which he left ... He won important titles here. It would be a hard blow for everyone, especially for all supporters. He knows it. I've told him, we've talked about it."

Neymar, one of the attacking mainstays of the current squad, plays for French powerhouse (PSG).

Last August, PSG paid a record transfer fee of 222 million euros ($263 million) for Neymar, who reportedly started talking about leaving the French club after they were eliminated from by Real Madrid.

But the 26-year-old striker has sought to play down the talk of another move.

Turning to the 2018 World Cup, Messi said that would see the tournament as a failure if they didn't reach the semi-finals.

"We have no obligations to anyone. We're the first to want to become champions, to win. The fact that we've been in three finals and failed to become champions in all of them is a heavy burden we bear. We want to overcome that barrier," he said.

The Messi-led side lost final to and came up short in two Copa America finals.

Messi said that is most likely to win in Russia, because they have really good players, a very steadfast defense and strikers who "kill you."

"They have strong players. They really know what they're doing. All their team moves are very mechanised," he said.



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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 14:52 IST