Neymar claims Barcelona are reliant on Lionel Messi

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As the Olympic Games approach, the host nation Brazil will once again be relying on their talisman Neymar.

Two years ago, the Selecao pinned all of their hopes on the Barcelona star to guide them to success at a home World Cup.

It was all going swimmingly until a fractured vertebra suffered in the quarter-final ruled Neymar out of the rest of the tournament and forced him to sit out of the humiliating 7-1 semi-final thrashing at the hands of eventual winners Germany.


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The 24-year-old doesn't have quite as much responsibility at his club side with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez also there to share the burden of leading one of the biggest clubs in the world.

Although each member of Barcelona's 'MSN' trio is a fantastic player in their own right, Neymar has surprisingly admitted the Luis Enrique's side are reliant on his Argentine teammate.

"We have great players but will we deny we are dependent on Messi? Of course, we depend [on Messi]," Neymar told members of the press.

"I'm not ashamed of playing for him or for the fact that he is the man.

"Messi is the best in the world, I want to depend on him."

The forward remains confident he can handle the pressure of another home tournament and understands the expectation to win Gold at the Games which kick off on August 3.

Although he will not have Messi to dig his team out of any tricky situations this time around, the Brazilian is optimistic the Selecao can triumph for the first time at an Olympic Games.

He added: "Winning is a very good thing. The pressure is part of the football, I'm here for that. It's part of the game this pressure when I'm on the field.

"They [the other players] are young, but we know our responsibility of playing for Brazil in our home country, in the Olympics.

"I'm not concerned with that. Fear takes away the will to win. I'm not afraid of losing. If we lose, may it happen with pride."

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