Barcelona more balanced without Neymar, claims Lionel Messi

Neymar was a key member of Barcelona’s famed ‘MSN’ forward trio, alongside Messi and Luis Suarez, helping the club to two LaLiga titles and the Champions League among others.

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The Calatan giants lost Neymar in the off-season after French giants Paris Saint-Germain sensationally activated his €222million release clause in August.

But five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi said Barca – unbeaten and 11 points clear atop the table – are better without the Brazil star.

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“Without Neymar we are more balanced,” Messi told World Soccer.


“His departure meant a change in our way of playing, we lost a lot of attacking potential, but it helped in the defensive sense.

“We are currently very well armed in the midfield; this makes us stronger in defence.”

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