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Lionel Messi sanctioned Neymar’s £47m Barcelona transfer

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Lionel Messi was consulted by Barcelona president Sandro Rossell over whether he agreed with the signing of Neymar.

The Camp Nou club completed the transfer of the Brazil superstar from Santos this week in a deal said to be worth £46.8million to much fanfare in front of the global media.

It has now emerged, according to Marca, that Barcelona were concerned over what effect making a signing as high-profile as Neymar would have on the squad.

The report claims Rossell was not only worried about the escalating costs of the Neymar deal, which was owing to increased interest from rivals Real Madrid.

He was also mindful of Neymar becoming a rival of Messi, which has led to disagreements with previous forwards at the club.

Messi’s response, the report says, was overwhelmingly positive and that Rosell needn’t have worried.

The four-time Ballon d’Or winner recognised the need for another goalscoring threat up front and believed Neymar is more than capable of doing so.

Despite Messi’s incredible goalscoring record, Barcelona are concerned that goals burden is not shared around the squad more and they signed Neymar believing he could change this.

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Lionel Messi
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