An encounter between the world's most expensive player and the world's best adds an extra layer of intrigue to what is already a mouth-watering match on paper.
Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria said he will not be lacking for motivation when he returns to former club Real Madrid on Wednesday, with the Argentina global angrily recalling a letter which he received on the day of the 2014 World Cup final.
While Ernesto Valverde's men are without Philippe Coutinho in the Champions League, Laudrup said superstar Lionel Messi could still make the difference.
Real Madrid have the highest pass accuracy of any side in the Champions League this season, Los Blancos have completed 89.6 percent of their passes. Cristiano Ronaldo has fired home seven at considerably more than a goal-a-game, and the much-maligned Gareth Bale has chipped in two.
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It would also turn out that PSG would indeed have that €200million to put on the table - at least they would five years later, paying Neymar's buyout clause and forcing Barcelona to release one of their prized assets.
Defeat in this tie could spell the end for the Frenchman, despite the fact he won the Champions League twice and one La Liga title in his first 18 months as manager.
Both sides will meet in the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday and ahead of the game, Emery was asked about a possible swap deal involving both forwards. "I think that he is doing everything for it".
"My relationship with Real Madrid ended. We need to go through a lot of things on the way, but each season, and every day that goes by, we are working and getting closer to our objective", said PSG's Brazilian defender Marquinhos.
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"Honestly, I would have no problem playing for Barca - the contrary, in fact". The Portuguese has 43 goals in his last 43 appearances in the knockout phase.
Marquinhos, meanwhile, insisted Neymar is not unsettled by the speculation. "He handles the pressure and responds on the field", said Marquinhos of his fellow Brazilian at a press conference at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Reigning champions Real Madrid will entertain Paris Saint-Germain, and Liverpool will be hosted by Porto.
The 30-year-old, who has been a mooted Real Madrid transfer target on several occasions, was given the weekend off to overcome a slight hip injury but is expected to return to the starting XI.
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