Brazilian star Neymar has stated ahead of the Copa America that he wants to win the Copa America title when his side clash with Argentina in the final on Saturday.
The Paris-Saint German star who has never won the title was not part of the team when Brazil won the title in 2019 due to injury, said he is more concerned about winning it than his friend Messi.
Neymar and Messi enjoyed long-term friendship while the duo were in Barcelona, but the Brazilian insist its about him winning it now.
According to Goal.com. Neymar told reporters that: “Messi is, as I’ve always said, the best player I’ve ever seen play and he’s a great friend, but now we’re in a final, we’re rivals. I want to win and I really want to win this title, which would be my first Copa America.
“Messi has been looking for his first title with the national team for many years, and every time we [Brazil] are not present at the tournament, I cheered for him. That’s what I’ve been cheering for in the 2014 World Cup final, when he faced Germany.
“Now Brazil is in the dispute, so our friendship is on the line. The respect between us is still great but only one can win.
“When you’re friends with someone, it’s hard to forget the friendship you have – but for example when you play video games with a friend, you want to beat him anyway. It’ll be the same thing on Saturday.”
Neymar further said on social media: “I’m Brazilian with a lot of pride, with a lot of love. My dream was always to be in the Brazilian national team and hear the fans singing. I’ve never supported or will support against anything Brazil is competing for, whatever the sport or modelling contest.”
The former Barcelona stars both won the Champions League in 2015, but will face each other in a continental showpiece which both players are yet to win with their nations.