I thought it was an interesting article I read this week when former Dutch international Johan Cruyff said that if he was in charge at Barcelona he would have sold the man everyone considers to be the best in the world Lionel Messi before having signed Neymar.
The ex-Barcelona player and manager is hugely admired in Catalonia so his words are always listened to by the Barca fans for whom he will always be a member of the family.
The Dutchman claims that had he still been a director of the club that he would not have signed Neymar as he see’s problems in the future trying to accommodate the two star players.
‘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.’
One of the reasons Cruyff gave was the question of who would be the man to take Barcelona’s free kicks as even though it had been a job normally performed by Messi the young Brazilian us also very good at them as you can see in the Video below scoring an absolute howler of a goal that flew past Italy’s Buffon before the keeper could even react.
Another reason for a possible confrontation said Cruyff:
‘Is the fact that Neymar and Barcelona are with Nike while Leo is with Adidas. These are situations that could cause problems.
‘We’ll have to wait and see – it could turn out well or badly,’ he added. ‘It’s a risk.’