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Neymar is Lionel Messi’s ‘natural replacement’ at Barcelona, says Mazinho

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The Brazilian has been linked with a Barcelona return

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Former Brazilian international Mazinho spoke about Barcelona’s Neymar situation this week. The World Cup winner, and father of Thiago and Rafina, remained confident that the true long-term replacement for Messi at Barca is in fact Neymar.

”[Barcelona] would be delighted if he can return tomorrow,” he said.

”He is Messi’s natural replacement.

”There is no other to replace Messi.”

Mazinho | Source

The take in of itself is pretty accurate. I think if you think about things in a narrative sense, Neymar is the perfect replacement for Messi as the face of Barcelona. If you’re talking about the next five to 10 years that is.