Barcelona star Neymar has hailed Lionel Messi as a 'genius' and re-iterated his belief that his teammate is the best player on the planet. 

26-year-old phenomenon Messi, who has spent his entire professional career with the Catalan giants, netted a sumptuous hat-trick during the club's emphatic 4-0 Champions League triumph over Eredivisie champions Ajax on Wednesday evening, taking his European tally to a truly formidable 62. 

And after yet another stunning performance from the Argentine, Neymar, who arrived at Camp Nou from Brazilian outfit Santos for a fee believed to be in the region of £48.6 million in June, has lavished praise upon his new teammate. 

"I am very, very happy to be sharing the pitch like a genius like Messi [who is] the best in the world," he said in an interview with AS that was quoted by

Despite only signing for the club this summer, Neymar's lack of goals so far this season has seemingly prompted criticism from certain section of the Barca support. 

Despite this however, the 21-year-old has insisted that his current drought will not last for much longer and has pointed to his other positive contributions to the team.

"I missed chances, but the goals will come. I prefer my assist for Pique's goal and the general team play. I can still give much more to Barcelona.

"But I am very happy because the team started well in the Champions League and it was so important," he added.

Barcelona, who will also face Serie A side AC Milan and Neil Lennon's Celtic in Group H, have enjoyed a fine start to the new domestic season under new manager Gerardo Martino and currently sit top of La Liga on goal difference after four wins from their opening four fixtures. 

They return to action on Saturday with a trip to face Rayo Vallecano at Estadio de Vallecas. 

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