Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff mad to suggest sale of Lionel Messi?
Cruyff advocated his statement by suggesting Messi and Neymar won’t be able to bring their best out if they play together. The co-existence of the two mercurial strikers has been questioned by media and a couple of icons, but no-one has suggested selling Messi, the most coveted player in the world.
Cruyff, who has played and managed Barcelona and currently holds a director’s spot at the club, claims he would not have brought Neymar to Nou Camp. The Dutchman believes the arrival of the Brazilian football prodigy should spark thoughts about Messi being made available in the transfer market.
“No, I wouldn't have signed Neymar,” Cruyff told Marca.”With Neymar on board, I would have planned for the possibility of selling Messi - and some would agree with that, others not.
“You are talking about a team, its players, the things around it ... There are too many things at stake. That's why it's so difficult to manage such a top class squad.”
Cruyff believes there will be too much disharmony with the two players playing and searching for goals in the same team. He claims there could be friction between the two, which bring unhealthy results for Barcelona.
“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?” Cruyff added. “Or the fact that Neymar and Barcelona are with Nike while Leo is with Adidas. These are situations that could cause problems.”
Cruyff admits he understands that the Barcelona board disagrees with his perception, which is why he expects Messi to stay at the club in the future. However, Cruyff did reveal concerns about upsetting the chemistry of a team that has dominated world football for years.
“We'll have to wait and see - it could turn out well or badly,” Cruyff added. “It's a risk.”