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Soccer News of Thursday, 20 February 2020

Source: MyNigeria

Messi wants Neymar back at Barcelona, speaks on Real Madrid losing Ronaldo

Barcelona star player, Lionel Messi has opened up on how he feels about Neymar returning to the club and his rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

In a wide-ranging interview, Messi expressed his desire to play alongside Neymar again.

"I've said it many times, at the sports level 'Ney' is one of the best in the world and I would love him to return," he said.

"He was a very happy person, he was always happy, he had fun both on and off the pitch. "

Neymar left Barcelona in a way and manner which left many fans of the club bitter against him. However, Messi believes the Brazilian can still return to the club if things are smoothened out ahead of such a move.

"It is normal for people to see him that way because of the way he left," he said.

"It also bothered me at the time, we tried to convince him not to. But in the end, we all want to win and have the best.

"As I said before, he is one of the best and gave us a lot on the pitch. But it is understandable that people think like that, since he left in a way he did not like.

"He is really looking forward to coming back, he always seemed sorry. He did a lot to return and that would be the first step to try to return."

Messi also took time to speak on the impact Real Madrid is missing due to the exit of his rival Ronaldo who left to join Juventus.

"They lost a lot of goals," he said.

"It was an obvious thing that was going to happen. Not only goals, Cristiano Ronaldo also gives you many other things. Madrid has great players, but Cristiano scores 50 goals per season."

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