Andres Iniesta claimed he would feel bothered if his former team-mate Neymar would join Barcelona’s biggest rivals Real Madrid
The midfielder admitted it would make Real Madrid even stronger, which he doesn’t want. And even though Neymar has just joined Paris Saint-Germain over the summer in a world-record €222 million deal, the Brazilian has already been linked with Real Madrid.
The 25-year-old attacker played for Barcelona for 4 years, as him and team-mates Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez formed the famous partnership called “MSN”. However, Neymar wanted to be the main star, so he moved to Paris.
While Iniesta is not too bothered by the idea at the moment, he says it would be unfortunate to see his old team-mate add further strength to the Champions League holders, GOAL understands.
“I would be indifferent, it’s not something that matters to me in that sense, but maybe it would bother me because I understand that he is a unique and decisive player and our biggest rivals would be reinforced, but this is hypothetical. In football anything can happen. If it happens, we’ll see,” he told reporters.
When asked what he thinks about Cristiano Ronaldo winning the Ballon d’Or award this year, and what his thoughts are on Ronaldo declaring himself as the best ever, Iniesta claimed choosing the best is a matter of preference.
“He has given an opinion of how he looks, everyone is free to express their opinion or feeling. A player of his level, with what he has achieved and with five Ballon d’Ors, undoubtedly will be among the best.”
“We each have our preferences, and in that sense, mine is clearly for Leo Messi, for what he has done and I hope he continues to do for this club. When it comes to the Ballon d’Or, the winner is fair,” Iniesta concluded.