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Lionel Messi ‘begged Neymar to return to Barcelona after semi-final defeat by Liverpool’

 

Lionel Messi begged Neymar to return to Barcelona after their embarrassing 4-0 defeat by Liverpool in the Champions League semi-final last season, according to France Football.

The report claims that the Barcelona star texted Neymar via WhatsApp, saying: ‘Only together can we win the Champions League. I want you to come back. In two years, I’m leaving, and you’ll be alone, you’ll take my place.’

Barcelona director of football Eric Abidal has confirmed that bringing Neymar back to the club remains an option.

 

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Lionel Messi begged Neymar to return to Barcelona after their 4-0 defeat by Liverpool

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Barcelona lost the second leg against the Reds at Anfield 4-0 having won the first leg 3-0

Barcelona lost the second leg against the Reds at Anfield 4-0 having won the first leg 3-0

Messi wants to be reunited with Neymar, having played together at the Nou Camp previously

Messi wants to be reunited with Neymar, having played together at the Nou Camp previously

The wantaway PSG star appeared on the cusp of a return to the Spanish giants in the summer, with his feelings public on his intent to leave the French champions.

The Brazilian arrived in Paris in the summer of 2017 in a world record £198million move but has failed to grow into the world’s No 1 player as he had hoped.

A number of injury setbacks as well as an overwhelming unhappiness in the French capital has lead to a miserable two years for the 27-year-old.

And Abidal says Barcelona are certainly still considering facilitating a return for the Brazilian.

Neymar wants to move back to Barcelona after his £198m move to PSG turned sour

Neymar wants to move back to Barcelona after his £198m move to PSG turned sour

‘A top player, who has a Barca philosophy and who is performing at a high level, will always be an option,’ the former full-back said.

‘From there, at the sports level we can make decisions, but the whole financial issue, there are things that you can reach and others that you cannot.

‘The future will say. If it continues at this level, because the season is very long, I will not say that it will be option No 1 but it can be a clear option.’

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