Messi sent Neymar a message pleading him to quit PSG and return to Barcelona.
Messi reportedly sent Neymar a Whatsapp message begging him to return following Barcelona’s shock defeat to Liverpool. The 27-year-old left the Spanish Giants to join PSG in the summer of 2017 for a world record fee of £200 m. The Brazilian, however, has found his spell difficult at the Parc des Princes with multiple reports claiming the player’s discontent. Neymar even went on to make his feelings public that he wanted out in the summer.
The Brazilian was strongly linked with a return to Barcelona last summer but no deal got done. Barca instead ended up signing Antoine Griezmann to form a lethal trio with Messi and Luis Suarez in the front three. Neymar ended up staying at PSG while Barca loaned Philippe Coutinho out to Bayern Munich to help finance the deal. The latest report by France Football, however, has alleged Messi pleading with the 27-year-old to return.
Messi asked Neymar to replace him at Barcelona when he leaves the Camp Nou.
Messi reportedly pleaded with Neymar to return so that they could lift the Champions League together. The leaked message goes to show Messi telling him that he needed to come back to take his place. The Barcelona superstar even hinted towards a possible retirement date telling the Brazilian he would be leaving in two years’ time. The message from Messi indicates that he plans to retire fairly soon which would be huge news if true.
“Only together can we win the Champions League. I want you to come back. In two years, I’m leaving, and you’ll be alone, you’ll take my place,’‘ the message read. It is pretty evident from the message that Messi wants Neymar to succeed him as the talisman at the club. The Argentine had previously revealed in an interview that the MSN trio have an active group chat in WhatsApp where they often talk.
Neymar’s future is currently uncertain with reports claiming that he has agreed on a deal with Barcelona. The two clubs’ met last on the 27th of August in Boulogne-Billancourt. PSG sporting director Leonardo claimed that the club were ready to sell the 27-year-old. General manager Jean-Claude Blanc, however, maintained his stance that the player was not for sale. The misunderstanding led to Neymar staying at PSG for at least another year.