Lionel Messi gives his honest opinion on Neymar potentially joining Real Madrid

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The final of the tournament will be held a month later, on July 15th at the same stadium as the opening match The defending champions Germany will try to retain their title once again and will take action on June 18.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has admitted that it would be "terrible" if former team-mate Neymar were to join Real Madrid.

Therefore, this latest report from Mirror might come as a stark contrast to the Special One's statements, as it claims that the Red Devils are all set to make a mega move for Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar.

Neymar, who formed one third of the "MSN" trident alongside Messi and Luis Suarez at Barça until last summer, recently said that the thing he most misses from his time in Spain is the friendship with his two attacking teammates.

Both Marcelo and Neymar were named in Brazilian manager Tite's 23-man squad for the World Cup this summer, but the left-back has revealed that talk in Russian Federation will be exclusively fixed on the tournament and not on club football.

Neymar is widely regarded as one of the best players in the world, having been a pivotal figure, first for Barcelona over an illustrious four-year stint, and now for PSG.

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Messi was yesterday quizzed on his Barcelona team-mate leaving the club, and responded by saying: "It would be awful, because of everything he means to Barcelona".

However, Rivaldo believes the 26-year-old is in the prime condition of his life and should look to leave the French capital in order to win honours more befitting of his level.

"It would make Real Madrid better, and when I speak with him, he knows it".

"I've started training with the ball, I've started shooting and passing and now it's just a case of improving", he added.

Zinedine Zidane insists "every important player wants to play for Real Madrid", but refused to entertain the idea of launching an audacious bid for Neymar.

We may not see Messi and Neymar team up for Barcelona anytime soon, but the two global superstars may very well lock horns at the upcoming World Cup in Russian Federation.

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