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Neymar is rumoured to have spoken to Messi.

Neymar is rumoured to have made Lionel Messi a promise about the World Cup

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Neymar severed his ties with Barcelona when he left the club for Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

The €222million the Blaugrana received barely softened the blow.

Ever since the Brazilian's departure, the club have done their best to avoid paying him a loyalty bonus - fair enough - and the 25-year-old's camp have even suggested UEFA kick them out of the Champions League as a result.

All in all, it's been a tense couple of months between Barca and their former superstar.

Nonetheless, that doesn't necessarily mean that he isn't on good terms with his old team-mates.

Neymar spent four trophy-laden years at the Nou Camp and became one-third of a frightening MSN trio.

Unsurprisingly, he still appears to be close with Lionel Messi and according to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, he's rumoured to have been catching up with the five-time Ballon d'Or winner recently.

Over the recent international break, their two countries have enjoyed very different fortunes. Brazil waltzed to qualification with games to spare, whereas Argentina could miss out altogether.

There's still hope for Argentina 

A World Cup without Messi is not something any of us want to imagine, Neymar included. It's claimed he has promised Messi that despite Brazil having nothing to play for, they will do their utmost to beat Chile in their upcoming game in São Paulo, as that could help Argentina qualify.

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More malicious rumours had suggested that the Selecao would get some sick pleasure out of stopping their big rivals from reaching the World Cup, but Tite warned a press conference he would walk out if anyone even mentioned such a ridiculous theory.

Instead, the Brazil manager is expected to put out a full-strength XI, featuring the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus.

With a team like that, it's quite possible that they will indeed help Argentina to qualify - whether the Albiceleste really deserve to go to Russia or not given their recent performances.

Would you be disappointed if Argentina miss out? Have your say in the comments. 

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