Neymar: I want to play with Messi & Ronaldo

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Brazil international Neymar has paid tribute to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and revealed that he wants to play alongside both superstar strikers one day.

The Brazil international also repeated his desire to see out his contract with Santos until 2014, and jokingly insisted Messi should join him in Sao Paulo, rather than Neymar moving to the Nou Camp.

The 20-year-old has been linked with a move to most of Europe's top clubs, and Real Madrid and Barcelona are thought to be locked in a battle to sign the Brazil international.

But Neymar played down talk of an imminent move to Europe.

"For now, I will play alongside Messi if he opts to join Santos," said Neymar in El Mundo. "It's possible for Santos to sign him. All we have to do is sell half of the city!"

The Santos striker scored a hat-trick on Saturday, as the Sao-Paulo-based club beat Cruzeiro 4-0 away from home, and after the match Neymar insisted he knows nothing regarding a potential agreement with Barcelona.

"I don't know anything about Barcelona," said Neymar. "One day I'm linked with a move there, and another day I'm supposedly on my way to Madrid. I have a contract with Santos until 2014, though, and that's all I know."

But the Brazil forward did pay tribute to the El Clasico superstars, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and hinted at playing in a dream footballing trio that is sure to stoke speculation.

"I would like to play with both Messi and Ronaldo," said Neymar. "Messi's career is an example to follow for me. There are no words to describe his game. I just want him to keep on doing what he does with the ball."

Messi moved to Europe at a much earlier age than Neymar - the Santos star insists he's going nowhere until 2014, by which time he'll be 22 - and the Argentinian gone on to become one of the best players of all-time.

Messi and Ronaldo go head-to-head for the FIFA Ballon d'Or once again this year, but the Real Madrid star is thought to have a much greater chance of scooping the award than in previous seasons, after Messi won the last three in a row.

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