Aww, So Sweet! You Wont Believe What Messi Promised Neymar in an Attempt to Make him Snub PSG
Lionel Messi promised Neymar he would make him a Ballon d’Or winner in a last-ditch attempt to get the Brazilian to stay at Barcelona before his £198m move to PSG
Lionel Messi tried to persuade Neymar not to leave Barcelona by telling him: ‘I’ll make you a Ballon d’Or winner’, according to Spain’s Diario Sport.
In a last ditch attempt by Messi and Luis Suarez to make Neymar stay the pair took the 25-year-old to one side at the Sheraton Parsippany hotel in New Jersey where the team were staying ahead of their game against Juventus in the Metlife Stadium in July.
According to Sport’s Ivan San Antonio, Messi told Neymar: ‘What do you want?’ Do you want to be a Ballon d’Or [winner]? I’ll make you the Ballon d’Or.’
It was Messi’s last big play for Neymar to stay and it centred on giving his team-mate more of the spotlight. The inference is that the Brazilian would be able to take more free-kicks and penalties and have a more central role in finishing Barcelona attacks as Messi morphed ever more into a playmaker.
In the subsequent friendly with Juventus Neymar scored twice with Messi standing aside, while holding off defenders, as the Brazilian completed his dribble before shooting past Gianluigi Buffon. He also laid a potential third goal on a plate for Neymar who this time failed to beat the keeper.
Despite that especially generous performance from Messi and the declaration before the game, Neymar’s mind was already made up and he is now Messi’s main rival for the big individual prizes in football.