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Neymar: Messi is my idol

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Barcelona new signing Neymar says he is living a boyhood dream after moving from Santos to Barcelona and joining up with his idol Lionel Messi.

The 21-year-old forward, who made his debut as a late substitute in a 2-2 friendly draw at Polish side Lechia Gdansk on Tuesday, says playing alongside Barcelona icons, is a dream come true.

"When I am training it feels like being in a dream," Neymar told reporters on Thursday.

"A dream I had when I was a kid and that is coming true now.

"I turn my head and there is Messi. Or Xavi, (Andres) Iniesta or (Carles) Puyol. I feel complete, it is like a dream. I am really, really happy."

Neymar is expected to play wide on the left with Messi occupying his more central role, and spectators all over the world are eager to see if both stars will form a good partnership.

However, Neymar said he saw no reason to change the way he plays and that he and Messi are compatible.

"I have to keep doing my thing and fulfil this dream," he added.

"He is wonderful, Messi. He is always happy, he is a great guy. We talk everyday.

"Don't worry, I am sure there is going to be no problem at all. He is my idol. For me, he is the best. 

"I respect him a lot and I hope to be able to help him out."

The Brazil international faced his former club Santos on August 2 in the Joan Gamper Trophy, where the Catalans demolished Santos 8-0.

Neymar came in from the bench to replace Pedro Rodriguez and made a decisive pass to Cesc Fabregas for the midfielder's second goal.

Neymar should make his competitive debut on August 21 when Barca take on Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup. 

 

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