Neymar wants Real so he can earn more than Messi

Neymar really is talking to Real Madrid, Don Balon can reveal, and his move to Madrid has a lot to do with Lionel Messi, reports CalcioMercato.

The Spanish daily confirms that Neymar wants to be paid more than his former team-mate. He left Barcelona in the summer for €222 million, and is being paid 30m a season.

Messi is being paid almost three times as much, however.

Don Balon confirm that Neymar has been in talks with Real ever since he left to join PSG. In fact, DB add that the 25-year-old left the Camp Nou to get out from under Messi’s shadow. He has been very successful in Paris so far, smashing in 26 goals and adding 14 assists in all competitions with the Ligue 1 leaders.

Yet he could well be off, with recent reports indicating that the Brazilian international wants to play in a better league, and one which punished defenders more severely.