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The versatile defender believes his compatriot has formed a stellar duo with the Argentine and, despite the latter's dip in form, insisted he is always a key man for Barcelona

Barcelona defender Adriano has hailed Lionel Messi's partnership with Neymar - an attacking pairing that he believes is the best in the business.

There were question marks about whether the two players would be compatible earlier this season, but they have impressed together so far this campaign.

And Adriano feels Barcelona could not have wished for a better pair in attack.

"It’s an honour to have them both in the team. They are the best duo that a team could have," Adriano told reporters.

The full-back then went on to discuss Messi's recent dip in form and insisted that the Argentina international has always remained a key figure for Barcelona.

"Messi has always been happy," he added. "He’s essential and we really feel it when he doesn’t play."

The 26-year-old has netted 14 goals in 15 appearances in all competitions in 2013-14.

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