Messi wants Neymar to come take his place at Barca: Report

BARCELONA, April 17, 2019 (Xinhua) — FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates during the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal second leg soccer match between FC Barcelona and Manchester United in Barcelona, Spain, on April 16, 2019. Barcelona won 3-0 and entered the semifinal with a total score of 4-0. (Xinhua/Joan Gosa/IANS)

Barcelona, Dec 31 (IANS) Lionel Messi has told Neymar that he is ready to quit FC Barcelona and make way for him, if needed, as the Catalan giants are looking to the Brazilian star as a replacement for the Argentine striker, according to reports.

According to France Football as quoted by The Sun, Messi sent a WhatsApp to his former teammate and Paris Saint Germain striker that read: “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.”

Spanish giants Barcelona’s think-tank also feel that Neymar can fill the shoes of Messi once he is gone, after trying out Antoine Griezmann, Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele to see if they can step up, as per the Spanish outlet Sport.

Neymar met his former teammates Messi and Luis Suarez at the ex-Liverpool forward’s wedding vow renewal service recently. Neymar is reportedly not happy with the French side PSG after he fell out with manager Thomas Tuchel.

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