Neymar will struggle to emulate Messi – Luis Enrique

The Brazilian has shone in his second season at Camp Nou, but according to his coach faces an almost impossible task in matching the feats of his team-mate

Neymar will struggle to emulate Messi - Luis Enrique

Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique says Neymar will struggle to ever replicate Lionel Messi’s achievements at the club.

The Brazil captain, 22, has shone for the Catalans this season with 21 goals in all competitions in his second campaign at the club after joining from Santos in the summer of 2013.

That form that has already seen him mentioned as a possible early contender for the 2015 Ballon d’Or, but Luis Enrique feels Messi has set an almost impossibly high bar to for him surpass at Camp Nou.

“Neymar is with the right team to become an important figure,” said the Barca coach. “He is a unique and special player. We could see that when he was playing in Brazil.

“He is in the best team to do it [reach his potential], and we would like him to became an important figure.

“I cannot predict if we will be better than others in the future.

“Messi has set the bar so high with all that he has done, all that he is still doing and all that he will continue to do, and now he is the number one. But we will see in the future.”

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