This was nothing more than a pre-season match and obviously wasn't going to affect the overall record between these two old rivals, which stands at 93 wins for Real, 91 for Barcelona - who had won their most recent meeting with Messi's last-gasp victor - his 500th for the club.
While Brazil compatriot Ronaldinho urged Neymar to "follow his heart", former Barcelona teammate Dani Alves said he hoped the 25-year-old will join him at Paris Saint-Germain but insisted he won't using his personal friendship to sway the Barcelona forward's decision.
Finally, asked another questions about Neymar, Valverde remained calm but insisted he did not want to speculate and would wait to see what would happen.
Messi was on the score-sheet for Barcelona in their 3-2 contest with Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup on Saturday, continuing his good pre-season for the La Liga team. I hope [he leaves]. "I hope it does happen, it'll be one less problem for us".
"I do not know, everyone is free to choose their future", he said.
"He didn't tell me anything".
"I changed shirts with him and hopefully it's his last one with Barcelona".
However, there were speculations that after the trip to China Neymar will visit Qatar to meet with PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi to close his signing with the French club.
"I try to keep him calm because in these times when you listen to people from all over you can go insane". "He insulted me quite strongly three times". He's one of my best friends and I'll always want him by my side, but I cannot interfere.