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Johan Cruyff is of the view that the Argentine will not be able to co-exist with Brazilian wonderkid Neymar, and thinks the Catalans should sell for the benefit of the new boy


Most clubs, having discovered, nurtured and then enjoyed the best player in the world, would never even contemplate a possible sale, no matter the price.

Barcelona, however, are not most clubs. And, having completed the £50 million signing of Brazilian wonderkid Neymar this summer, club legend Johan Cruyff now believes the Blaugrana should jettison their star man, Lionel Messi.

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

"Neymar's arrival could cause problems. Just look at free kicks for example. Neymar is very good at taking them. And Messi has already shown he is great, too. Who's going to take them...

"Or the fact that Neymar and Barcelona are with Nike while Leo is with Adidas. These are situations that could cause problems.

"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.

"Neymar is talented, but we will have to wait and see how he gets along with the rest of the squad. I would not have taken the risk of bringing in Neymar."


So what do you think? Can Neymar and Messi flourish as a partnership in the next great Barcelona side? Or must the Argentine depart for the prodigious Brazilian to realise his full potential?

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