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Neymar's Arrival Shouldn't Come with Tension with Lionel Messi

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JUNE 03:  Neymar waves to the crowd during the official presentation as a new player of the FC Barcelona at Camp Nou Stadium on June 3, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Pete SchauerCorrespondent IJanuary 10, 2017

The best player in today's game will be getting a sidekick for the 2013 season.

Lionel Messi and Barcelona bolstered their scoring attack by completing the transfer of 21-year-old forward Neymar to Barcelona for a reported $75 million after already having paid $13 million last season, according to CNN.

The Brazilian star will make the move to a club that already has a star of its own in Messi, which some have suggested could result in tension.

One person suggesting such is football expert Jimmy Burns, who told CNN, "There are big question marks as to how Neymar will fit into the team as there is already one god, or demigod, at Barcelona in Lionel Messi."

It is conceivable that there could be a rift or power struggle between Messi and Neymar.

CNN notes that Messi's ex-teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes his career with Barcelona came to a close when Messi told management that he preferred to play in the center rather than on the wing, which resulted in Ibrahimovic playing out of position.

But if I'm a Barca fan, I'm not worried one bit.

For one, Neymar is largely inexperienced in terms of Messi's standards, and it sounds like he's willing to take a backseat to the great Argentinian and learn from him. Per CNN, Neymar said, "It is an honor to play alongside the best player in the world in Messi. It should be easier to play alongside him because he is the best."

With that said, I don't foresee any altercations in the future between Messi and Neymar.

The Brazilian has already made it known he's dedicated to helping Messi become "the greatest player in the world," which certainly doesn't sound like a cause for concern to me.

Neymar will be a key member of Barca's attack and will be looking to help the club to a second consecutive La Liga title and 23 overall for the Barcelona team. As long as the duo can find a balance between passing and scoring, there's no reason to think the Neymar addition will be anything but a solid addition to Barca.

 

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