Brazil's Neymar 'scared' ahead of World Cup return from injury

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The final of the tournament will be held a month later, on July 15th at the same stadium as the opening match The defending champions Germany will try to retain their title once again and will take action on June 18.

Neymar has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid for a considerable amount of time now with Manchester United also being touted as a possible landing spot in recent weeks.

It was only last summer that Brazilian superstar Neymar Jr left the Camp Nou and joined French giants Paris Saint Germain for a fee of 222 million euros.

However, while nearly all of Neymar's former team-mates have voiced their opinions about a potential move to Real Madrid, Lionel Messi has finally had his say.

"It would be bad, because of everything he means to Barcelona", Messi told TyC Sports.

And the Argentine admitted seeing his former team-mate at Madrid would be a huge blow.

"And on a football level, it would make Madrid much stronger than they already are". He holds the notion that he has nothing to prove by being successful at another club.

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With that in mind, it's no surprise he was named as the best player in Ligue 1 for the 2017-18 season.

Rivaldo is still reeling from their failure to win the competition on home soil back in 2014, but believes Brazil are heading to Russian Federation as the front-runners and that Neymar can make a name for himself by delivering the trophy for his country.

"I am not tempted to leave Barcelona. I do not need to go to another team to prove anything", the Argentina worldwide said when asked about moving to another club.

"If we win, I'll do whatever you want", he said. I will call him in my office.

The striker said he feared he would miss the June 14-July 15 World Cup finals in Russian Federation in the immediate aftermath of suffering the injury.

Neymar to Real Madrid? "It's what we all want".

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