BARCELONA – Barcelona star Lionel Messi wanted Neymar to leave Paris Saint-Germain and rejoin him at the Camp Nou this summer.
The Spanish champions tried to sign the Brazilian forward again, after he left in 2017 for a world record 222 million euro fee (252 million dollars), but could not reach a deal with PSG.
"I would have loved to have Neymar back," Messi told Spanish newspaper Diario Sport in an interview published on Thursday.
"I understand those people who are against his return and it's understandable for what happened with Ney and the way that he left.
"But thinking about it on a sporting level, I personally think Neymar is one of the best players in the world and having him in our squad would increase our chances of achieving our objectives."