Neymar was seen tearing up when asked about his relationship with Lionel Messi during his time at Barcelona.
The Paris Saint-Germain forward who racked up 68 goals in 123 appearances for the Blaugrana over the course of 4 seasons got very emotional talking about his former teammate.
He told Rede Globo’s Esporte Espetacular (via Diario AS), “Honestly, it’s difficult, very difficult for me to talk about Messi, because it was very special for me at Barcelona, I say this to everybody.”
“At the moment when I needed the most support, the best player in the world arrived and gave me a hand. He said, ‘Come here, I’m here to help you.’”
According to the 27-year-old, it was Messi who encouraged him to show his true self after his transfer to the Camp Nou. The five-time Balon d’Or winner told Neymar not to be scared of neither him nor of ‘anyone at the club’.
It was no secret that Messi was vetting the Brazilian international to take over his own role at Barcelona in the future. Even after Neymar’s record transfer to PSG, the Argentine is willing to welcome him back with open arms.
At the time, Messi said, “I think it is complicated how Neymar would leave PSG. We would love him to come back, as a player and for the dressing room.”
“We’re friends. We had some good experiences together and others not so much. But PSG are not going to let Neymar walk away.”
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