After being linked with both clubs in the summer transfer window, Lionel Messi has admitted that he thought Neymar would join Real Madrid rather than Barcelona.
Neymar was keen on a move out of Paris Saint-Germain and was linked with a switch back to Barcelona where he left for a world-record move to the French capital back in 2017. After missing out on Kylian Mbappe, Real Madrid were also interested in Neymar and offered up to three first-team players in exchange.
In an interview with RAC1, Messi revealed that he feared Neymar would join Madrid, "Honestly, I thought that Neymar would go to Madrid if he didn't come here. Because he really wanted to leave and he had made that known, and I thought Florentino [Perez] and Madrid were going to do something."
"I believe Neymar regrets having left. Not long after he left, he realized he had made a mistake, that he had made a bad decision. Knowing him and seeing what's happening, I think that's the case."
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