Messi admits he expected Neymar to join Real Madrid

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The pair have not faced each other since Ronaldo left Real Madrid for Juventus last summer and Messi has revealed he wanted his old rival to stay in Spain.

The Brazil global ultimately remained at PSG, and has scored four goals in five Ligue 1 appearances for the Parisian giants so far this season.

However, the long protracted transfer saga resulted in the world-record transfer holder remaining in Ligue 1 as the club's failed to agree on a fee.

This after Real embarked on a record spending spree with Eden Hazard, Eder Miltao, Luka Jovic, Ferland Mendy and Rodrygo all bolstering their options for the 2019/20 season.

"I really thought Neymarwould go to Real Madrid if he didn't come here", Messi said in an interview with RAC1, the full version of which will be broadcast on Wednesday. "And I thought Florentino (Perez) and Real Madrid were going to do something to take him away".

"I told the referee that it's very difficult for Ousmane to say something like that because it's hard for him to form sentences [in Spanish]", Messi said.

"It surprised us that Mateu Lahoz heard him so clearly, he struggles to speak Spanish".

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