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Is the Neymar & Messi partnership doomed to fail?

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Barcelona is a happy place to be again. The Catalan club put their Champions League troubles behind them with a €57 million transfer of Neymar.

And of course, Neymar's excitement about moving to the Nou Camp has to do with getting to play alongside his idol, Lionel Messi. 

The Brazilian is a very promising star, and Messi is the world's best player. Together, they can take Barcelona back to the pedestal they were on during the Guardiola era. 

However, this may not be happy ever after. It has been proved over the years that no striker can succeed in Barcelona, with the fate of being shadowed by Messi. 

The club gets really promising strikers that everybody wants, but they are usually players who were the absolute stars in their previous teams, used to have the other ten playing just for them. And then they arrive to Barça and everything collapses. 

With Samuel Eto'o being a minor example, the first big name that failed to succeed was Zlatan Ibrahimović. 

The Swedish star arrived in Spain in 2009 after a great run with Inter Milan. He joined a team that had just won the treble, and they were about to win other three trophies that year. 

No one can doubt that Zlatan is an amazing striker, with strength and a vigour that little posses, but that wasn't enough. In FC Barcelona, a team were passing the ball is the main tactic; there is no place for two main strikers, and specially one that doesn't really go to the midfield to participate in that tactic. 

Plus, he didn't get along with Pep Guardiola (probably because he wanted the prominence that a leading striker like him should have. Result: Zlatan out after one season, sent to AC Milan.

So 2010 came with the big year of the World Cup for Spain, and if there was a Spanish striker that every person in the country liked, that was David Villa. 

The absolute star in the 2008 Euro Championship, he was the big name of Valencia C.F. He was the team, and like Zlatan, he was the one where the balls ended, the big scorer. 

So of course new Barça president Sandro Rosell wanted the big Spanish hero with his club, because apparently he couldn't remember the disaster with Ibrahimović.

All right, Villa had a good first season, he even scored in the Champions League final. 

It is true that he was playing with most of the teammates with whom he had won the Euro Championships and the World Cup, but this time he had to share the goals with Messi, and that undermined him. 

It has been getting worse season after season and El Guaje just cannot succeed with Messi by his side. He will probably leave the club this summer, and it will be the best decision. He is still a top player, and he is meant to achieve great things, wherever he goes. But not at FC Barcelona.

Now, cue to Neymar, who so far follows the same path of his predecessors. A big star at Santos FC, looking to succeed alongside Messi.

There are, however, two aspects that make Neymar different from the others: the first thing is that he is younger than Messi, which means he is not yet a true big star like the Argentinian, but someone who is starting and might get there. 

And the second thing is that he worships Messi. He is ecstatic because he now has the option of playing by his side.  He will not ruin his career to please his idol, but he might be cooler about sharing the limelight with him. It is the price to pay.

One can never guess the outcome of these situations, but the past speaks for itself, like a curse. Let's just hope this curse is finally broken, or the blaugranas will be doomed until Messi retires.


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