Neymar has hailed new team-mate Lionel Messi as the planet’s greatest player and insisted he is at the club to support the Argentine.

The Brazilian made his debut for the club this week following his £50million move from hometown club Santos, and looked right at home during a 15-minute cameo.

There has been much talk about how the extravagently skilled forward would fit into the team of superstars, but the 21-year-old insists it has been an enjoyable learning curve so far.

Learning curve: Neymar is happy to take all he can from new team-mate Lionel Messi
Learning curve: Neymar is happy to take all he can from new team-mate Lionel Messi

‘My relationship with Messi is wonderful, he’s a great person,’ he told a news conference on Thursday. ‘He’s a leader, the best player in the world, and I am here to help.

‘I’m here to help all my team-mates, be it with passes or with goals,’

‘The atmosphere in the team is wonderful. I’m living a dream. I turn my head and I see Messi, Xavi, Iniesta or Puyol. There is Pedro, Tello and Alexis, all great players, fast, smart. That’s why they play for Barca.

‘I try to speak with everyone, but the players I’m talking with the most are Dani Alves, Adriano, Messi, Pinto and Xavi.

‘Playing with Barca is a wonderful feeling, it means my childhood dream turning into reality. I’m more than happy.’

He added: ‘I will work very hard in the coming weeks, trying to be in good shape when La Liga starts. I’m working to get better physically and I feel stronger every day.

‘I am trying to adapt as quickly as possible to the fast pace here. It’s the most beautiful football in the world.’

He concluded: ‘Romario, Ronaldo and Rivaldo have been three great players here. I also hope to make history at the club.’


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