NEYMAR has hinted at a move to the Premier League after stating that all players have to play in England to be considered ‘great’.

And in while doing so, the Paris Saint-Germain star has aimed an apparent dig at former Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi.

The pair played together for four seasons at the Nou Camp from 2013-17, winning two La Liga titles as well as the Champions League.

Messi has played for the Catalan giants for all of his career and at 31-years-old, it now seems unlikely that he will ever play in the Premier League.

The Argentine ace, widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, was overlooked for the recent Ballon d’Or, finishing fifth.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Lionel Messi has played for Barcelona for all of his career (Pic: GETTY)

“I believe that every great player, at least one day, has to play in the Premier League”

Neymar

But he is level with Cristiano Ronaldo in winning five throughout his career so far.

Ronaldo, who left Real Madrid in the summer to join Juventus, has been competing wth Messi for most of his career for the best player accolade.

The Portuguese moved to Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon in 2003 and won everything with the Red Devils in his six year spell.

The 33-year-old finished runner-up in the Ballon d’Or this year, behind former team-mate Luka Modric.

And Neymar believes Ronaldo has the upper hand on Messi having previously played in England.

“We don’t know how tomorrow will be, but I believe that every great player, at least one day, has to play in the Premier League,” Neymar said in a message for Man City star Benjamin Mendy.

“If you’re playing there, then I hope you can keep enjoying the Premier League because you deserve only the best. Hugs and thanks!”

Neymar moved to PSG in 2017 for a world-record fee and has won every domestic trophy on offer.

But he was brought in by the club’s rich owners to win the Champions League, something the French side have never done.

The Brazil international has been linked with a move to Real Madrid in recent times, but whether he would move to Barcelona’s bitter rivals is uncertain.

A move to one of the Premier League big-boys would be the next option, with the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City able to pay the huge transfer fee he would demand.

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