Lionel Messi has revealed that there are folks in the ​Barcelona team and among the club’s top brass who don’t want Neymar back at Camp Nou. Neymar left Barcelona for a world-record €222 million fee in 2017 in what were controversial circumstances regarding a contract bonus he was paid prior to his exit.

This summer, a move back to Catalunya was rumoured to happen but didn’t, giving rise to further smoke-fueled rumours.


Messi, 32, recently appeared on Metro 95.1 (h/t Goal) and said a potential reunion is complicated for a number of reasons: "It is difficult to bring him back.

“Firstly, because it was difficult to see him leave, secondly because of how he left. There are people from the club and the members who do not want him to return. If it is for sports, Ney is one of the best in the world, but I understand all the other factors."

Messi spoke to RAC1 (h/t ​ESPN FC) earlier in October and admitted he feared Neymar would join rivals ​Real Madrid this past summer:

The Argentinian spoke to ​Sport in September and said Neymar was "desperate" to move back to the Camp Nou.

Neymar has been performing well for PSG since being restored to the side, scoring four goals in five appearances. However, he is currently out injured again after picking up a problem on international duty with Brazil.