Barcelona legend: Sell Messi to make way for Neymer

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Barcelona and Holland legend Johan Cruyff has courted controversy by suggesting his former club should sell Lionel Messi following the arrival of Neymar at the Camp Nou.

Barca sealed the signing of Neymar earlier this summer in a deal believed to be worth around £48.6 million.

While the Catalan club have pulled off a coup in landing the Brazilian starlet ahead of the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United, concerns have been raised over his ability to operate alongside main man Messi.

Cruyff, who won the Spanish league as both player and manager with Barcelona and also guided the club to Champions League glory in 1992, believes it could prove too difficult to fit both Messi and Neymar into the same team.

"With Neymar on board, I would have planned for the possibility of selling Messi, and some would agree with that, others not," the Dutchman told Marca.

"You are talking about a team, its players, the things around it... There are too may things at stake. That's why it's so difficult to manage such a top class squad.

Despite Cruyff's comments Messi is unlikely to leave the Nou Camp anytime soon having recently signed a new long-term deal.

The four-time Ballon d'Or winner has been in sensational goalscoring form over the last two seasons, smashing record after record in front of goal.

The Argentinian has beaten Gerd Muller's record for most goals scored in a calendar year, while he also set a new record for scoring in the most consecutive La Liga games.

A recent study put Messi's value on the transfer market at over £200 million.

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