Neymar to Real Madrid would be tough for Barcelona, says Lionel Messi

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It would free up space for Neymar to join Barcelona's rivals and former team-mate Messi believes it would be a huge blow for the Catalan side.

"It would be bad [if Neymar moved to Madrid] because of everything he means to Barcelona", Messi said in an interview with Argentina's TyC Sports.

Barcelona won La Liga and the Copa del Rey this season, with their unbeaten run ended by Llevante in a thrilling 5-4 loss at the weekedn, but Madrid are going for their third straight Champions League trophy when they face Liverpool in the final on May 26. "It would make Real Madrid even stronger from a football point of view".

When asked if he was open to a move from Barca after playing for the senior team for 14 long years, Messi said, "I am not tempted to leave Barcelona. What I miss from Barcelona and about Barcelona is these two [Messi and Suarez], due to the joy we had on a daily basis". "I do not need to go to another team to prove anything".

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Messi and Neymar will be rivals this summer as Argentina and Brazil chase World Cup glory in Russian Federation.

Champions League finalists Real Madrid have been given a much-needed fitness boost ahead of their match against Liverpool next week, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Dani Carvajal returning to full training on Wednesday.

It stimulates me to see Real Madrid again in the Champions League final, to see them winning leagues.

A combination of factors have seen him fleetingly linked with Premier League champions Manchester City over recent years - namely the necessary financial means, the presence of his old mentor Pep Guardiola and the prospect of linking up with long-time friend and worldwide colleague Sergio Aguero in attack. "It's a weight that we carry and we want to overcome it", he said.