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PSG boss explains what Neymar has to do to become better than Lionel Messi

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When the rumours of Neymar making a world record move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain emerged in the summer, precious few people believed the reports.

But, as the days and then weeks went by, it was clear that Neymar's silence and PSG's ambition meant a deal was in the offing.

Eventually, the Parisians parted with €222 million - over double the previous world record held by Paul Pogba - to secure the Brazilian superstar and change the face of European football.

It's been said that Neymar left to escape Lionel Messi's shadow in Catalonia and while the two clearly remain friends, it's likely there is some truth to that idea.

The former Santos man has made a blistering start to life in the French capital with nine goals and 7 assists 10 matches - that's 16 goals he's been involved in.

That actually beats the record start Zlatan Ibrahimovic made to his PSG career when he netted 10 goals with one assist in his opening 10 games back in 2010.

So, what does Neymar need to do to reach Messi levels of superstardom? His coach Unai Emery believes the quicker he adapts to life with PSG, the faster he will flourish.

"He needs to be given time to adapt to his team-mates and to our style of play," Emery said. "He needs to handle his opponents' aggression towards him. However, he has individual quality and talent.

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"He is Neymar - we will do what we can to help him bring his talent to this team.

"We are working with him with videos to look at what he can improve, how he can position himself better, work the transitions a bit better and stuff like that. He likes footwork. It is a process and it is certain that he will improve.

"The adaptation is not taking one week or six months but longer. Neymar is a great player, he plays like Neymar. Our role is to help him growing up by staying himself."

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Either way, Emery and pretty much the entire world knows Neymar has the quality to reach the absolute top of the game.

Talking about Neymar's departure, Xavi told the World Football show exactly why the forward left his former club: "He said to us at Messi's wedding that he wanted to change club.

"I said to him but why? He said 'I am not happy in Barcelona, I prefer to leave, to have a new experience in Europe at PSG and finally he did, it was his decision, we must respect it."

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