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Lionel Messi tips Neymar to become world's best player

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Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi believes his teammate Neymar can become the best player in the world.

Speaking exclusively to Squawka, Messi said Neymar had a great chance of becoming the best footballer on the planet thanks to his "quality, touch and fitness".

The Argentina international said Luis Suarez is the same - and admitted the current three-pronged attack at Barcelona, dubbed 'MSN', could well be the best he's been a part of.

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“I’m lucky. I’ve played with so many wonderful forwards over the years. I had a great connection with Ronaldinho. I played with Samuel Eto’o, with Thierry Henry, with Pedro, David Villa, Alexis [Sanchez]." Messi stated.

“But I have to say that it is hard to top lining up alongside Neymar and Suarez. They are two players at the top of their games. We have only been together as a three for one season, so there is still work to do on the partnership, and we can all improve together – but we all see it as teamwork.

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“I’ve said before that with Neymar’s quality, touch and fitness, he can become the best in the world – and Luis is the same. His touch, vision, his movement, his instinctive play, are incredible. We all offer something different, and make each other better.”

MSN break record

Between them, Messi, Neymar and Suarez have scored a staggering 119 goals this season - surpassing the 118-goal record set by the former Real Madrid triumvirate comprised of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain during the 2011-12 campaign.

'MSN' have already helped Barcelona win La Liga and the Copa del Rey - and this Saturday they can land their hands on European football's biggest prize: the UEFA Champions League.

In order for Barcelona to secure their historic treble, they must defeat Juventus, who are also gunning for their third major trophy of the season, in Berlin.

Neymar has enjoyed a superb season

All eyes will be on Messi, particularly after his extraordinary individual goal against Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, but it wouldn't be a huge shock if either Neymar or Suarez prove to be the difference instead on the night.

It's almost gone under the radar that Neymar has scored a magnificent 38 goals this season - a stunning return for a player that doesn't celebrate his 24th birthday until next February - and, if he steers Brazil to glory at the Copa America this summer, he will be a serious contender to win the 2015 Ballon d'Or.

Neymar is currently in that small group of players - alongside the likes of Eden Hazard, Gareth Bale and Suarez - aspiring to reach the level of football's two untouchables: Messi and Ronaldo.

But will he be the world's best in a few years time? Let us know by leaving a comment in the box below!

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Topics:
Football
La Liga
Lionel Messi
UEFA Champions League
Luis Suarez
Neymar
Barcelona

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