New Delhi: Brazilian striker and Barcelona star Neymar’s father has revealed that his son wouldn’t be around playing for one of the most famous clubs in the world  if it wasn’t for Argentinean maestro Lionel Messi.

Neymar’s father said that his son was inspired by the five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi who played with the likes of Ronaldinho and Puyol.

“We all know who Messi is and what he means. He is the idol of my son and for him is a pleasure being at his side,” he said in an interview. “He is always happy for playing together and he is playing here for Messi.”

Since officially joining the Barca squad in 2013, Neymar has struck a chord with Messi and both of them have gone together to win two La Liga titles and one Champions League trophy.

“If Messi and [Cristiano] Ronaldo never existed probably Neymar never existed too; the same with Pele and Maradona, both inspired a lot of players,” Neymar’s father said.

Neymar’s father added that Lionel Messi deserves to win this year’s FIFA Ballon d’Or award.