Former Barcelona man Ronaldinho has stated that Neymar is flourishing at the Catalan club because of Lionel Messi.
According to the 35-year old Messi is helping shape Neymar’s career, both on and off the pitch.
Ronaldinho was Barcelona’s star man when Messi broke in the first-team and the Brazilian legend took it upon himself to polish Messi’s skills and helped him turn into the best on the planet.
He thinks Messi is grooming Neymar just like he groomed Messi, saying “I believe the attention and dedication that I had for Messi, he is doing the same for Neymar.
“It is very important for an experienced player to show the way and share the journey with a young player and Messi is doing that. This is why Neymar is adapting and playing very well at Barcelona.
“Neymar is a talent and is a good friend. He is one of the top players in the world.”
Neymar has enjoyed huge success at Barcelona since joining the club in 2013, the 24-year old has won almost every trophy possible in club football.
Neymar has also made a name for himself as one of the best in the world and the Catalan club see him as Lionel Messi’s long-term successor.
Ronaldinho also belives that Copa America final defeat does not change the fact that Messi is the best in the world, and urged the Argentine to reconsider his retirement.
“For me, this does not change anything.
“He is still the best. If he really does leave, it will be a loss for football, nothing else.”