Lionel Messi was willing to make a huge effort in order to keep Neymar at Barcelona, reports from Spain state.
According to Catalan news outlet SPORT, the Argentine attacker met the Brazilian on the evening of the friendly against Juventus in New Jersey in July, trying to convince him to stay.
‘What do you want, the Ballon d’Or? I will make you Ballon d’Or,’ Messi allegedly said to his good friend that evening.
Messi reportedly didn’t know that Neymar’s decision of joining Paris Saint-Germain was already made by that time, and both will have to fight each other for the Ballon d’Or this season.