- Brazil attacker Neymar Jr says getting started at Barcelona was tough
- The 26-year-old revealed how he broke down crying in the dressing room after the first half of one of his matches for the Catalan side when he joined them that year
- He said the Argentine star met him crying and told him to step up his game, saying his pep talk gave him confidence that helped him succeed at the club
Paris Saint Germain superstar Neymar has revealed how Barcelona forward Lionel Messi helped him to gain confidence at Camp Nou despite having a slow start at the club.
The Brazil attacker joined the Catalan club in the summer of 2013 in a four year deal valued at € 88.2 million after a successful spell at Santos in Brazil.
However, his reign at the Catalan club got off to a slow start, as the Brazilian forward disclosed that he broke down in tears during one of his first few games at the club.
Meanwhile, the former Santos winger brought to fore his special interaction with Messi during his early days at Barca which brought him peace according to Tribal Football.
Though, the 26-year-old was said to have dumbed the Camp Nou outfit due to a tense relationship with the Argentine forward.
In a counter opinion to their claims, Neymar insisted that the five-time ballon d’Or winner urged him to stop crying and step up his game, saying that's the only thing he wanted from him.
Neymar told Altas Horas: "It was at the half-time of a match in 2013.
"He saw that I was crying because I had not made a good first half, he started talking to me.’Be yourself. Play your football and do not be intimidated", he told me.
Neymar said that conversation was the reason he became successful at the club during his four-year reign at the club.
"After talking with him, I started to let go and trust myself. It was when I relaxed that I found happiness."
Together, they won a Champions League trophy, with two Spanish League titles among few other domestic titles at Camp Nou.
This season at PSG, he helped Unai Emery’s side to the French Ligue 1 title and Coupe de la Ligue cup, but he's currently in Brazil recuperating from the knee injury he suffered in February.
So far this season, he has scored 19 goals in 20 appearances for the Parisians, though, he has been tipped with a move to join Real Madrid and a couple of other top European clubs this summer.
Despite having a deal with the Parc Des Princes side until the summer of 2022, after joining them from Barcelona in a world record fee of €222 million.
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