The thought that Neymar could have been pulling on a West Ham shirt these days is quite mesmerising.
In 2010, the Hammers offered £16 million to the Brazilian's boyhood club Santos, but a deal was never completed and he instead looked towards the hallowed turf of the Camp Nou.
And since his arrival in the summer of 2013, the 24-year-old has achieved what so many South American players aspire for: to reach the pinnacle of European football.
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Neymar has already scored six times in ten appearances for the Catalan side this season, and many will expect the Brazil international to find the net on many more occasions this campaign, if his previous records are anything to go by.
The forward has become a part of the famous, and one of the most feared, attacking trios in world football, alongside teammates Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi. And he has already won two La Liga crowns and the Champions League.
But, as per Goal, Neymar's father has revealed that in fact Messi is the key reason for why Neymar opted for a move to Barcelona, ahead of a host of other top clubs looking to sign the player who, then, was a very highly-rated young prospect.
"We all know who Messi is and what he means. He is the idol of my son and for him is a pleasure being at his side," said Neymar's father. "He is always happy for playing together and he is playing here for Messi.
"If Messi and [Cristiano] Ronaldo never existed probably Neymar never existed too; the same with Pele and Maradona, both inspired a lot of players."
Although his Argentinian counterpart may have had a bearing on Neymar's arrival at Barcelona - a club steeped in history - undoubtedly their interest in him as just 21 years old was enough of a reason on it's own, to tempt the Brazilian to the Spanish giants.
But Messi's influence on Neymar is clear. The 24-year-old has been prolific for Barcelona, since his high-profile arrival in 2013, and no doubt to the fear of many opposition defences, the very best is still come from Neymar in the years to come under the experience and guidance of having Messi alongside him.
The Brazilian signed a new five-year deal with Barcelona a week ago, which will see his release clause rise to as much as £222.8 million come the final three years of his contract.
However, while Neymar may have currently netted 94 goals in all competitions for Barcelona, after just short of three and half years at the club, his father is surprisingly not backing his son to win football's biggest individual award in January.
"Messi deserves the Ballon d'Or." Neymar's father admitted.
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