World player of the year Lionel Messi has spoken highly of his new Barcelona teammate Neymar, as the Brazilian starlet aims to settle quickly at the Camp Nou.

Neymar was signed from his boyhood club  Santos in the summer for a fee believed to be in the region of £50 million.

One of the hottest young properties in world football, Neymar joins the Nou Camp to partner arguably the best player on the planet, Messi, and together they hope to forge an unstoppable partnership.

There had been concerns that the Brazilian and Argentine may struggle to click. Messi, however, has dispelled any thoughts of a rift with some supportive words as he bids to build an understanding with the Selecao starlet.

He told CN23: "Things are going well with Neymar. He has adapted very quickly and has been received well in the dressing room. He's a great guy and is very humble.

"The thing now is to get to know each other better on the pitch little by little and develop a special connection."

Many believe that Neymar can become even better than Messi in years to come. Non more so than another legend of the game, Pele, who claimed the 21-year-old is already the best player in the world.

However, the stats suggest he has a little way to go before getting close to eclipsing 26 year-old Messi, who has 220 La Liga goals in just under 250 appearances.

He holds a whole host of world goalscoring records, including a record of 91 goals in a single calendar year which he set in 2012.

The big focus this year will be on the battle between El Classico's new frontline partnerships. 

The Messi/Neymar axis has been threatened by the two most expensive footballers in the history game, as bitter rivals Real Madrid boast both Cristiano Ronaldo and new signing Gareth Bale in their squad.

Its sure to be an interesting year in La Liga as new coaches Gerardo Martino and Carlo Ancelotti battle for supremacy.

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