Barca Star Neymar Names His Childhood Idol & Explains What it's Like to Be Part of MSN

Tom Power

​Neymar has popped the lid on his on-pitch chemistry with Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi, and claims that the Barcelona trio "complete each other" when terrorising defences across Europe.

The Brazilian superstar exclusively sat down with partner PokerStars (via the ​Daily Mail), the online poker room company he has a sponsorship deal with, to discuss all manner of footballing topics, including his match-winning performance against Paris Saint-Germain and the La Liga title race.

As part of the Q&A, Neymar was asked about his blossoming partnership with fellow South American attackers Suarez and Messi at the Nou Camp, and the ex-Santos star revealed just how in tune the three players are when they take to the field of play.

FC Barcelona v RC Celta de Vigo - La Liga
FC Barcelona v RC Celta de Vigo - La Liga

He said: "I believe it influences me, yes (to play alongside them). And there is something funny, we all complete each other somehow.

"I play on one side and I am right-footed. Messi plays at the right side and he is left-footed and then Suarez is our scorer.

"So, I do believe we complete each other and we always try to help each other on the field.

We have a very nice friendship outside and we bring it inside. It is easier when you like to work with your companions."

At 25 years old, Neymar grew up in an era of football that was laden with giants of the game. From compatriot Ronaldo to France's Zinedine Zidane and Italy's Paolo Maldini, the forward had no shortage of icons to admire and base his game on.

It is another Brazil international, and one that some critics may raise an eyebrow about, who Neymar considers to be the outright influence on his game, and he also named Messi and one particular current Liverpool ace as another source of inspiration as he continues to become an even better player.

Neymar added: "My idol since forever is Robinho and he is still playing. But a player I've admired a lot since I came to Barcelona is Messi.


"This is not only because he helped me since I joined but I have always admired what he does on the field - his decisive power and him being a really cold guy when it comes to deciding a game. I admire him a lot.

"A Premier League player that I would like to have in Barcelona is Coutinho. I believe Philippe Coutinho is a player that would totally fit in Barcelona."

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