Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Neymar spearheads 'favorites' Brazil's World Cup bid

Neymar spearheads 'favorites' Brazil's World Cup bid

All but one of coach Tite's starting line-up in World Cup qualifiers was confirmed in the squad Monday: Alisson; Miranda, Marquinhos and Marcelo; Casemiro, Paulinho, Renato Augusto and Philippe Coutinho; Neymar and Gabriel Jesus.

Incidentally, Neymar had reportedly said he'd return to Barcelona if Messi requested him to.

"Here he won important titles, he won the Champions League and it would be a hard blow for everyone".

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The 26-year-old is reportedly unhappy in France and has been linked with Manchester United, as well as a shock move to Real Madrid.

Neymar, who joined the Ligue 1 club from Barcelona for a record 222 million euros ($265.18 million) last August, is expected to be fully fit by the time Brazil kick off their World Cup campaign against Switzerland on June 17.

And the Argentine admitted seeing his former team-mate at Madrid would be a huge blow. "I don't believe so, as what we care about is what we are doing at the moment".

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"It would be bad because of everything that Ney means to Barcelona", Messi told TyC Sports, per Goal.

In an interview with TyCSports, Messi opened up on discussions he has had with Neymar.

Messi also admitted signing Neymar "make Real Madrid even stronger from a football point of view", before adding of the rumours, "I speak with him, so he already knows what I think". Although Messi admits that the two still share a close relationship, the Argentine is prepared to face Neymar in the World Cup in Russian Federation as rivals. Star player Neymar has been included in the team.

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Neymar is desperate to help Brazil claim their sixth World Cup trophy as he continues to recover from a broken foot with less than a month remaining for the World Cup. Moreover, Neymar perfectly suits the Galacticos ideology followed by Real Madrid's President Florentino Perez.

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