The 19-year-old was linked with Barcelona and Real Madrid throughout the summer, and could face the Catalan outfit in the final of the Club World Cup in Japan if both clubs progress all the way.
Neymar has confessed that he is in awe of the Argentine talisman, and he feels the 24-year-old is ahead of his footballing peers at present.
"Messi is the best in the world ... a great player," he is quoted as saying by Sport. "Everyone knows what he can do. Right now, he is one of the best in the world. He is above the rest. I want to do everything he does."
Santos are preparing for the Club World Club semi-final clash with Kashiwa Reysol, and Neymar has promised that the match will be a spectacle.
"Our team will go for it. We will not be defensively. It will be a great show."
The match kicks off at 11.30CET on Wednesday.
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