Lionel Messi thought Neymar would join Real Madrid not Barcelona
Lionel Messi thought Neymar would join Real Madrid not Barcelona
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Lionel Messi thought Neymar would join Real Madrid not Barcelona

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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