Lionel Messi has seemingly called out FC Barcelona over Neymar, whom he claims was 'desperate' for a return to the LaLiga champions.
The Brazil superstar was involved a controversial world-record transfer when Paris Saint-Germain activated his £200 million release clause back in 2017.
However, after not reaching the heights he enjoyed alongside Messi and Luis Suarez during his glittering stint in Spain, the 27-year-old expressed his desire for a return to the Camp Nou.
And Messi feels the Blaugrana may not have done all they could in order to fulfill his wishes of bringing the forward back.
"He was desperate to come back," Messi told Spanish newspaper Sport. "I don't know if the club really tried or not.
"I would have loved to have Neymar back. I understand those people who are against his return and it's understandable for what happened with 'Ney' and the way that he left.
"But thinking about it on a sporting level, I personally think Neymar is one of the best players in the world and having him in our squad would increase our chances of achieving our objectives."
Last week club president Josep Maria Bartomeu insisted they explored all avenues with PSG in order to make the deal materialise but failed to reach an agreement on the transfer fee with the French champions.
"I don't know what happened with the directors, I know they were speaking with Neymar, he told me how things were going. He was really looking forward to coming back," Messi added.
"I understand it's difficult to negotiate with PSG and with Neymar because he’s one of the best. These negotiations are never easy."