Barcelona is ideal for Neymar: Messi
Barcelona: Lionel Messi says Barcelona is the "ideal club" for new striker Neymar.
The €57million signing from Santos lit up June`s Confederations Cup with an array of stunning performances, including a venomous left-footed drive for Brazil in a 3-0 final win against Spain.
Many have questioned whether or not the 21-year-old will be able to play alongside Messi but the Argentine himself insists Barcelona can help nurture Neymar`s development.
"I have the good fortune to play with many world champions and Neymar is another great player who has joined the club. It`s very nice to play with great players and I think this is the ideal club for him," he told El Mundo Deportivo.
The Blaugrana romped to Liga success last season but suffered the ignominy of losing 7-0 on aggregate to eventual winners Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final and Messi says the target this year is to collect more silverware.
"The goal is to get all the titles with Barca," he added. Every year we prepare for that and we also want to have a good pre-season."
Zico revealed he believes Messi is the greatest player never to have lifted a World Cup and the four-time Ballon d`Or winner appreciated the Brazil legend`s comments.
"I appreciate those words of Zico," he continued.
"I always try to perform to the highest level and get all the titles. Obviously the World Cup is a dream of mine, my team-mates and the entire country.
"But it`s not only the World Cup that I want to play in, it`s all competitions. I always want to play every game with the same desire.
"It`s too far away to think about the World Cup just now with it being a year away."