Barcelona talisman, Lionel Messi and Paris Saint-Germain superstar, Neymar are widely considered to be two of the greatest players in the history of the sport, with the duo not only former team-mates at the Nou Camp, but also considered to be good friends off the pitch.
The two were team-mates together in four seasons at the Catalan club and will now be facing off for the first time in club football since Neymar’s move to PSG in 2017 with the two clubs set to clash in the round of 16 tie of the Champions League.
While Messi has been highly lauded for his performances on the pitch, stats show that Neymar has been on par with him in terms of displays on the pitch especially in the Champions League. The duo have similar numbers in Europe’s premier competition since 2013, when it comes to three disciplines in the form of successful dribbles, key passes and goals plus assists.
When it comes to successful dribbles, Messi has 331 to his name leading to 68 goals while Neymar has 322 leading to 65 goals. The Brazilian has more key passes though, making 166 as compared to 158 by Messi.
The Argentinian leads the goals plus assists section with 76, while Neymar has registered 68 in the same time – though it should be noted that Messi has totaled for 5,857 minutes played while Neymar is at 5,541 minutes played.