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.”
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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.