Since the time a record-breaking €222 million (£200m/$262m) move was finished in the late spring of 2017, reports of an arrival to Spain have seethed around a South American hotshot.

Neymar appreciated four beneficial seasons with Barca before the choice was removed to step from Lionel Messi’s shadow in Catalunya and turn into a main man in his own right.

Balde told El Chiringuito:

“With the ball at his feet, Neymar is unrivalled. He could play for any team. If I was the president of Barcelona, I would sign him tomorrow if I could.”

Balde disavowed Barca in 2011, as he was taken on by Serie A goliaths Lazio. He showed up for the Rome-based club before fixing a change to Monaco in 2017.

The 25-year-old forward had been getting a charge out of a profitable 2019-20 battle before football shut down in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

His stock has begun to rise again, having recently enlisted on the radar of Manchester United and Real Madrid, yet he acknowledges Barca for assisting with making him the player he is today.

Balde included:

“I have very good memories. I started there at nine years old and they were important years for me. What I have today, I owe much of it to La Masia and Barca.

“At Barcelona, they educate you as a human being, as a person and also as a footballer.”

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