Neymar JR’s father has revealed that his son is at Barcelona only because he enjoys his partnership with Messi.
The Brazilian star who has been nominated for the Ballon d’Or has been a key influence in the uprising of the MSN.
Lionel Messi is playing the same role in Neymar’s career, as Ronaldinho did for the five time Ballon d’Or winner.
Neymar’s father said “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. 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.”
“Messi deserves the Ballon d’Or.”
The Brazil captain has signed a new contract extension with the club which will see him tied until 2021.
The Brazilian is keen that Messi will win the Ballon d’Or but currently is second favorite after Cristiano Ronaldo had a dream season last term, winning the UEFA Champions league with Real Madrid and also captaining his Portugal side to Euro 2016 triumph.