Mascherano: Neymar has to play for Barcelona

Javier Mascherano, the former Barcelona player who currently plays at Estudiantes de la Plata, has given his opinion on Neymar’s football career.

The Argentine football icon spoke about Neymar, Lionel Messi and many other issues in an interview with RAC1.

Javier Mascherano and Neymar

Image: Javier Mascherano and Neymar

Talking about Neymar, Mascherano said he would love to see Neymar in Barcelona colors again, adding that this 2019/20 season would have been the best moment.

In his words: “I hope Neymar can return to Barcelona and that they can play together again (Messi, Suarez and Neymar). It would be great for the club, they’re three really good players and it would also be good for all of us, those that could enjoy them on television again.”

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Mascherano also described Lionel Messi as exceptional, adding that it was a lifetime opportunity to play alongside the goal-scoring machine.

“I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy him [Messi]. He is incomparable, and having him on your side offers so many guarantees in any competition, against any side, in any game… He’s been spectacular throughout his football career.”

When asked about what critics think of Messi, he said the football legend doesn’t need to demonstrate anything.

“He [Messi] has already done so for 12, 13 years,” Mascherano explained. “He’s the best player in the world by a distance. He has maintained his level for so much time, something no other player’s achieved.

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“Whether he wins a title or not with his country won’t change the fact he’s the best.”

Both Barça and Madrid will fight for the league, if it restarts. Both have dropped more points than they’re used to and for that reason, it’s so close.

“Barça has everything they need to fight for La Liga and the Champions League,” Mascherano added.