Messi said he was looking forward to the tournament in Russia
It would be a noteworthy hit to Barcelona if Neymar moved from Paris St Germain to Real Madrid, the Brazil striker's ex-partner Lionel Messi said on Tuesday.
The Argentine, who won the Champions League and two of his La Liga titles with Neymar close by him at Barcelona, said he had addressed the Brazilian about gossipy tidbits connecting him with an arrival to Spain.
"It would be horrendous, in light of all that Ney intends to Barcelona," Messi revealed to Argentina's TyC Sports. "On the off chance that he winds up at Real Madrid it would be a noteworthy hit to us. Also, on a footballing level Madrid would be substantially more grounded than they as of now are."
Whenever inquired as to whether he had advised the Brazilian not to consider going to Madrid, a grinning Messi stated: "He recognizes what I think, I've just let him know!"
Neymar left Barcelona last August, turning into the world's most costly soccer player in an exchange that annoyed numerous Barcelona fans.
The Brazilian has declined to discuss the theory and said he is focusing on recuperating from foot damage in time for one month from now's World Cup.
Messi, the five-times World Player of the Year, said he was anticipating the competition in Russia and was focusing no less than an elimination round place with Argentina.
Beaten finalists four years back in Brazil, Argentina have not won a noteworthy worldwide title since 1993 when they lifted the Copa America.
They achieved the last of a similar competition in 2015 and 2016 yet lost the two times and Messi said the progressive disappointments weighed vigorously.
"It's a weight that we convey and we need to defeat it," he said.
Argentina commence their World Cup crusade against Iceland on June 16 and afterward confront Nigeria and Croatia.
They have battled under mentor Jorge Sampaoli, who assumed control a year ago and has won only five of his 10 diversions in control.
Argentina beat Italy 2-0 out of a March neighborly yet that triumph was sandwiched by a 4-2 misfortune to Nigeria and a 6-1 pounding by Spain.
Spain are one of the top picks for the competition, Messi stated, alongside Brazil, Germany and France.