Neymar has revealed that Lionel Messi takes the credits for jump-starting his Barcelona career in 2013.
The forward moved from Santos to Barca that year, but struggled to adapt to life in Spain.
However, after a conversation with Messi, his performances began to improve dramatically.
“I have a nice story about Messi,” Neymar told CNN on Thursday.
“Soon after I arrived, it was not a great moment in my career and he was the one who helped me. He saw that I was sad, with my head down, that things were not going right for me.
“He told me to keep going, to be happy and to play the way I know. He told me this and he helped me a lot at that moment in time.
“He is a person who I admire a lot.”
Neymar has gone on to form a fearful attacking partnership with Messi and Luis Suarez, popularly known as ‘MSN’.