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Messi Is The Force Behind My Son's Success - Neymar's Father 

Brazilian super star's father, Neymar Sr, has declared that his son is playing for Spanish giants Barcelona because of five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi.

Following his move from Santos in 2013, Neymar has struck a lethal combination with the Argentine football icon, powering the Catalans to 10 trophies, including the Champions league and two La Liga titles, displaying some classic football in the process.

And Messi – generally regarded as one of the greatest players to grace a football field – continues to inspire Neymar, according to the 24-year-old Brazil international’s father who also doubles as his agent, Goal writes.

“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 told Cope.

“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.”

Both players were recently nominated in a 30-man longlist for the 2016 ballon d’Or, but Neymar’s dad is in no doubt as to whom the cap fits.

“Messi deserves the Ballon d’Or,” he added.

Neymar, who led his country to a historic Olympic football gold in the summer, ended speculations about his future last week by signing a new a deal that will keep him at the Camp Nou until 2021.

Apparently, Barca have one more reason to be thankful for talisman, Messi.

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