Published On: Fri, Jul 11th, 2014

Messi deserves to win the World Cup – Neymar

The Brazil striker has thrown his support behind his Barcelona team-mate, backing him to triumph when Argentina meet Germany in Sunday’s World Cup final at the MaracanaNeymar has backed fellow Barcelona star Lionel Messi ahead ofArgentina’s World Cup final with Germany, insisting the 27-year-olddeserves the victory.La Albiceleste progressed to Sunday’s showpiece after defeating theNetherlands 4-2 on penalties on Wednesday, overcoming Louis vanGaal’s side after an uneventful 0-0 draw.Despite the traditional animosity between Brazil and Argentina,Neymar insists that he would be delighted if it was Messi thatlifted the World Cup trophy at the Maracana, calling him a worthywinner.’Messi deserves to win the World Cup,’ the 22-year-old told a pressconference.’He’s my friend, I wish him the best.’Argentina and Germany meet in the World Cup final for the thirdtime, with Die Mannschaft victorious in 1990 and the SouthAmericans winning in 1986.Neymar, who is out injured after suffering a fractured vertebraagainst Colombia in the quarter-finals, will watch on as Brazilface Netherlands in Saturday’s third-place play off.

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