Lionel Messi has revealed that he is keen for Barcelona to sign Santos forward Neymar Jr. this summer, and the deal could be wrapped up as soon as the transfer window opens.
On a recent trip to Qatar, Messi spoke to TV network ‘Qatar Alkaas’ about how he’d be delighted to play alongside the Brazilian wonderkid.
The 21-year-old talisman has proved himself as the best player in South America by winning the most prestigious individual awards available.
His repertoire of skills that leave his opponents dizzy and a step behind has made him one of football’s hottest prospects.
Reports suggest that Neymar had initially indicated at his desire to stay with the Brazilian club until after the World Cup in 2014, but now could be the right time to move.
Playing in Europe will make him a better player, there is no doubt about that. The Champions League is a fierce competition. It encourages an intense desire to win.
However, he’s sure to face some difficult obstacles along the way.
The cold winter pitches in Ukraine and Russia are no place for his arsenal of flicks and tricks – a huge part of his game.
Hopefully, if he’s the player people claim he is, he will adapt and unlock a new ‘never say die’ style to his play making him more of a physical presence.
Neymar will likely be a long-term replacement for the declining David Villa and the sound of Messi and Pedro leading the attack alongside him is a dream come true for fans, but a nightmare for defences.