Lionel Messi admits he wanted Cristiano Ronaldo to STAY at Real Madrid

Lionel Messi admits he wanted Cristiano Ronaldo to STAY at Real Madrid”

Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has admitted he feared Neymar would join Real Madrid this summer, rather than return to the Camp Nou.

"My children were young and we had a very bad time". I would not like to disrupt that.

The thought of Barcelona skipper Lionel Messi walking away from the club may seem nonsensical to many football fans, but the Argentine ace said it very almost happened back in 2016.

"And they used to do two against one against me, and [Sergio] Ramos came to press Messi where this big space used to be created and when Messi got [the ball] he used to play for [David] Villa or for Pedro in that position".

Messi was keen to be reunited with Neymar last summer but Barcelona were unable to agree on a fee with PSG.

"I honestly thought that in this market, if he did not come here, he would go to Madrid", Messi told radio station RAC.

Barcelona and Madrid were both heavily linked with the 27-year-old, but neither was able to produce an offer considered acceptable by the French champions.

"Having had him on the team would have given us more options but I understand that the signing of Neymar is not only looked at for sporting reasons but also for having left the way he did". Messi denies suggestions of a rift between him and the Frenchman.

"I was the first and that's why they came down so hard on me", said Messi. It would be necessary to ask him but, knowing him and seeing what happened, I think so [he regretted leaving]. "So it's a lie".

"It was not the coach's fault but it was also not my decision for him to stay", Messi said. "To achieve success, we all have to be united".

"I think so [he regretted the decision]", Messi added.

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