Neymar has scored 16 goals in 19 league matches.

Neymar will not leave Barcelona for Real Madrid, claims Hristo Stoichkov

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Barcelona legend Hristo Stoichkov believes that Neymar won’t be tempted to follow in the footsteps of Luis Figo by swapping the Nou Camp for the Bernabeu.

The Brazilian striker has been linked with several of the world’s biggest clubs, including an astonishing move to La Liga rivals Real Madrid.

Portuguese midfielder Figo was the last player to make the controversial move - back in 2000 - and had to deal with a pig’s head being thrown at him upon his return to Barcelona.


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But Stoichkov predicts a great future for Neymar at the Spanish champions and doesn’t think he will betray the club like Figo did.

"I think Neymar will win a Ballon d'Or with the Barca shirt, he will not be another Judas," he told Goal.

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The Bulgarian knows all about having a brilliant career at the Catalan club, having scored 84 goals in 175 matches during his seven years at Barcelona over two spells. He also won the World Player of the Year in 1992 and 1994 whilst at the club.



Neymar has been magnificent for Barcelona this season, scoring 16 goals in 19 matches in La Liga. He's also top of the assists charts with nine, laying on goals for the likes of Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.

Last week, it was reported that Manchester United bid £140 million for the 24-year-old last summer while their Premier League rivals Manchester City have also been linked with the superstar.

Neymar came third in the Ballon d’Or ceremony last month, losing out to teammate Messi and Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

However, he has been widely tipped to be the player to break the pair’s stranglehold on the accolade, with Kaka being the last player other than those two to win the award in 2007.

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