Lionel Messi gives his honest opinion on Neymar potentially joining Real Madrid

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'The World Cup is the biggest championship in the world, I just want to play and be a champion, ' Neymar told Desimpedidos in a Facebook interview.

The Brazilian midfielder, who left Barcelona to join Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record £200m deal, is embroiled in speculation over his future.

The dazzling forward was also named in Brazil's 23-man squad for the World Cup this summer despite still recovering from the broken metatarsal bone in his right foot that has kept him out of action since February.

Real Madrid will be aiming to win their third successive Champions League title when they face Liverpool in the final in Kiev.

It's a move that wouldn't go down well with Barcelona fans and there's a sense that the players would be deeply hurt by it, too.

"It would be bad because of everything that Ney means to Barcelona", Messi told TyC Sports, per Goal.

"Ney won important trophies here".

Lionel Messi gives his honest opinion on Neymar potentially joining Real Madrid
Lionel Messi gives his honest opinion on Neymar potentially joining Real Madrid

"I want to win the Champions League every year, to be a league champion every year".

Neymar is expected to be ready to play for Brazil against Croatia in a pre-tournament friendly at Anfield on 3 June and the 26-year-old has stepped up his recovery.

Neymar says that he is "scared" and "nervous" as he makes progress in his bid to be fit in time for the World Cup with Brazil, Soccernet reports.

"I've started training with the ball, I've started shooting and passing, and now it's just a case of improving", Neymar added.

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. "We want to overcome that barrier", he said.

Brazil will start its World Cup campaign against Switzerland June 17, followed by Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E.

"They have strong players".

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