May 30, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Brazil forward Neymar (11) scores a goal on a penalty kick against the USA in the first half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Neymar hoping for a quick return for Lionel Messi

Neymar came to Barcelona hoping to play alongside great players like Lionel Messi. With the Argentinian superstar out with a torn hamstring for up to eight weeks, Neymar might be expected to carry the load sooner than expected.

“The team is sad because Leo is one of the basic parts of this team. We know that he can change a game in our favour at any moment”, Neymar said in an interview with Mundo Leo on the DXTV network in Argentina. “I hope he recovers and starts playing again as soon as possible.”

Neymar also said that playing for Barcelona was a dream of his.

“I have always admired FC Barcelona, ever since the days of Ronaldinho, and even more so now that I am playing alongside Messi, Xavi and Iniesta”, he said. “I had always dreamed of playing with such stars as them, to train with them, to share a dressing room with them … Being there is like being in another world.”

Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino was criticized for changing their tactics from Pep Guardiola’s style, but Neymar is pleased with it.

“He’s a great coach and a wonderful person.” he said. “He asks of me the same that he asks of every other player. How to mark and how to move around. He gives us total freedom.”


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