‘Neymar knows Messi is ahead’

Retired defender Jose Edmilson says that Barcelona’s players will be surprised with Neymar’s humility and that there will be no issue with Lionel Messi.

The Brazilian has been signed by Barca this summer for a €57m fee and debate in the run-up to preseason has focused on how he will fit in with his new teammates and in particular strike partner Messi.

“People in the Barcelona dressing room will be surprised with the way he behaves, at how he listens to those who are better than him, he will not create any issues,” assured Edmilson, who played a part in engineering Neymar’s transfer to the Camp Nou.

“Neymar is a very smart guy, he knows that ahead of him is Messi, who has been playing at a very high level for five years.

“Neymar has great joy, he is a tremendous guy. He and Messi are two great players with different characteristics.

“There is much talk of whether they can work together, with what Cruyff has said, people want to make trouble of a situation that has not even started yet.”

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