Brasilia: Lionel Messi believes Neymar is the perfect signing for Barcelona as they bid to retain La Liga and conquer Europe next season.
The 21-year-old completed his €57 million move to Camp Nou from Santos at the start of June, though doubters had questioned whether the club had made a mistake in paying such a large sum for a player untested in Europe.
But after scoring four times in the Confederations Cup, including a stunning goal in the 3-0 final win over Spain, the Brazil international has answered his critics with goals and Messi is hoping for more of the same with Barcelona.
"I`m sure he will be a good signing for what we want to achieve," he told reporters.
“Hopefully Neymar can make a big contribution to Barcelona and can continue to demonstrate the sort of performances that he`s showed for Brazil and Santos."
The Blaugrana romped to the Primera Division title last season but were badly beaten by Bayern Munich in the semi-finals of the Champions League.
They were defeated 7-0 on aggregate over two legs by the eventual winners, but the arrival of Neymar alongside the four-time Ballon d`Or winner will have the rest of Europe watching on with interest.
I retired three years ago but I am still training with Arsenal because I have a good relation with the club and Arsene Wenger. So it's been easy to come out of retirement.