Neymar: No. 9 position for Messi

Neymar has insisted he is unlikely to keep his place as the spearhead of Barcelona’s attack once Lionel Messi returns.

The Argentine record-breaker was missing on Saturday as the Blaugrana ran out 4-1 winners over Real Valladolid, with goals coming from Alexis Sanchez, Xavi and the Brazil international.

“The number 9 position is for the best player in the world – Leo Messi,” he told the club’s official website.

“For me they were penalties, and I’m grateful to Alexis for the assist. I’m very happy.”

“There is always a lot of expectation, we’re improving with each match.”

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