Lionel Messi has reportedly stepped in to attempt Neymar to complete his Barcelona return this summer rather than join Real Madrid .
Neymar left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain back in 2017, in a world record-breaking £189million switch, but wants a return to Spain.
Despite winning back-to-back league titles in France, the 27-year-old forward is unhappy at PSG and has made clear his desire to seek pastures new.
And a detailed report by Marca on Tuesday has claimed how Messi, the Brazilian’s former team-mate at the Nou Camp, has got involved in a bid to sway Neymar’s decision.
It is no secret that the pair had a good relationship on the pitch, with Messi even attempting to persuade Neymar to reject PSG two years ago, and they have maintained contact since he left.
Marca claim that Messi is desperate for Neymar to reject Madrid and has instead urged him to return home to Barca, where he became a cult hero during his four years in Spain.