Lionel Messi is number one, says Alba

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Jordi Alba believes Lionel Messi will always be the number one man at Barcelona, despite the arrival of Brazilian sensation, Neymar.

Alba believes that Messi will remain the focal point of Gerardo Martino's side, and has no doubts that the two players can play in the same team, with some doubting whether the South American duo are compatible - including club legend Johan Cruyff.

Alba told AS: "He [Neymar] is a guy who has adapted very quickly to the Barca style.

"He is very eager, but Messi is number one and always will be for as long as he wishes."

Club legend Cruyff caused a stir by suggesting the Blaugrana should cash in on Messi instead of accommodating the attacking duo - similar to when Ronaldinho was sold to AC Milan to allow Messi the opportunity to flourish at the Nou Camp.

Speaking to Marca back in June, Cruyff said: "With Neymar on board, I would have planned for the possibility of selling Messi. Some would agree with me and others would not.

"You are talking about a team, its players, the things around it. There are too may things at stake. That's why it's so difficult to manage such a top class squad.

"Neymar is talented, but we will have to wait and see how he gets along with the rest of the squad. I would not have taken the risk of bringing in Neymar."

Whilst Alba believes that the addition of Neymar will only benefit Barcelona, others remain sceptical.

Those fears were allayed somewhat, as Barcelona thumped Neymar's old club Santos 8-0 in a pre-season friendly last week, in a match where the Brazilian forward his home debut.

Barcelona kick off their new La Liga campaign against Levante on August 16.

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