The five-time Ballon d’Or winner thought that the Paris Saint-Germain forward would head to the Bernabeu if he didn’t seal a return to Camp NouLionel Messi feared Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar would join Real Madrid in the summer if Barcelona failed to land his signature.Brazil international made it clear that he wanted to depart parc des princes but after a period of intense speculation that stretched through the transfer window, he, ultimately, stayed with the League 1 champions.Barcelona and Real Madrid were heavily linked with the 27-year old but neither was willing to match PSG’s asking price for the prolific frontmanBarcelona may not have Neymar in their rank but they still boast Ousmane Dembele.The young Frenchman was dismissed in the 4-0 win against Sevilla immediately before the international break after picking up a second yellow card for dissent towards referee Mateu Lahoz, who claimed the winger told him: “You are very bad.”
“I told the referee that it’s very difficult for Ousmane to say something like that because it’s hard for him to form sentences [in Spanish],” the Argentine said. “The coach supported me at a press conference. We were surprised that the referee understood him so clearly because it’s still difficult for him to speak Spanish.”
On a personal note, Messi has seen his 2019-20 campaign hit by injury problems thus far, restricting the five-time Ballon d’Or winner to five appearances and a couple of goals.
The 32-year-old did, however, win FIFA’s The Best Men’s Player of the Year award at a ceremony in Milan, seeing off competition from the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk.