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Lionel Messi says FC Barcelona new signing Neymar is a 'great player'

Crunch Sports Staff in Soccer 30 June 2013

Lionel Messi is looking forward to playing alongside Neymar next season and believes Barcelona's new signing is a "great player".

Barca have paid €57million for the Brazilian, who has been in superb form for his country this month at the Confederations Cup.

And although some have questioned whether a Neymar-Messi partnership will be a success, the Argentina international believes the 21-year-old will be a huge hit at Camp Nou.

"I know Neymar is a great player who is going to bring a lot to Barcelona. God willing, we will be able to play together at Barca," Messi said.

"I think we have a great team and great players, as we've shown over the years."

Messi also expects Champions League winners Bayern Munich to become even better under new coach Pep Guardiola.

"I think the arrival of Guardiola will make Bayern stronger," he added.

"Winning the Champions League is always difficult and our objective is trying to win everything and succeed in all competitions.

"That's how we work at Barcelona. You talk of Germany dominating football recently - I don't know what is going to happen in the future. I know Germany have a history of great teams in global football at international level and club level.

"Winning the Champions League is difficult for anyone, whether they are from Germany or Spain. But I know Germany had a great year last year."

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