BARCELONA (Sporting Alert) — Barcelona have made a massive gamble pairing Neymar with Lionel Messi, at least this is according to the legendary Johan Cruyff.
Neymar rejected several big offers, including the chance to play with Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid, to link up with Messi at Barcelona for the coming season.
But while many believe the landing of the Brazilian superstar could help the Spanish champions dominate in Europe again, Cruyff thinks the club should have made plans to sell Messi.
“With Neymar on board, I would have planned for the possibility of selling Messi, and some would agree with that, others not,” Cruyff 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.”
Cruyff sees future issues.
He said: “It’s like the free kicks. Neymar is very good at taking them. And Messi has already shown he is. 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.”
Cruyff said he could be wrong and Messi and Neymar could very well blend together.
“Undoubtedly. We’ll have to wait and see – it could turn out well or badly. It’s a risk.”
He stated that he would have not signed the Brazilian forward.
“No, I wouldn’t have signed Neymar,” he added.