Johan Cruyff has opposed himself to the signing of Neymar at Barcelona. His reason is that he may not combine well with Lionel Messi, who is currently the team’s undisputed leading player.
Messi himself recently avowed that Neymar’s services would bring a totally new dimension to the attacking front of the Catalan side, describing the anticipated move of the 21-year-old as “wonderful”.
However, Ajax legend Cruyff has yet to share the Argentine's opinion, which has already been echoed by other Barca players.
“I would not put the two players [Neymar and Messi] in the same team,” Cruyff said according to Marca.
The Dutchman added: “We must learn from the past.”
Indeed, in the past, a few mega transfers for strikers have proven to go wrong at Barcelona. Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s expensive move from Inter Milan to Barcelona was one that was highly hyped-up, as the Swedish star was expected to form an unmatchable partnership upfront with Lionel Messi.
But after a disappointing season, which saw Ibrahimovic lose his form and temper, the initial talks happened to be nothing but unfulfilled desires.
David Villa’s £35 million transfer from Valencia in 2010 was also said to be the key for Barcelona’s Lionel Messi to unlock the doors to even fiercer attacks. Nonetheless, once again, it turned out that the Spanish forward was not able to leave up to expectations for one reason or another, under the Blaugrana jersey.
Now, the Barcelona attack is suffering again, and the club is looking for ways to alleviate the pressure on Lionel Messi, whose 46 goals in 32 games helped Barca regain La Liga title this season.
Certainly, Brazilian sensation Neymar could appear to be the solution to the problem, in view of the fact that David Villa’s time as a hero at the club is visibly over.
With both players having clear thoughts about each other, the Neymar-Messi duo could evidently prove effective. But what about their combination’s proficiency on the long term?
Would Neymar be able to handle the pressure in La Liga and keep delivering for the Catalans?
The Santos icon is currently focusing on his preparations for the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil, and thus, his father has declined all direct negotiations for Neymar’s services.
Nevertheless, Barcelona are keener than ever to sign the striker this summer, and they have consequently intensified their talks with Santos for Neymar’s release.
Could the Catalans be making a wrong decision? Is advisor Johan Cruyff right to oppose himself to the wanted Neymar-Messi duo?
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