'He is a worthy successor' - Neymar ready to replace Messi, insists Sampaoli

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Neymar is a worthy successor to Lionel Messi at Barcelona, according to Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli.

Neymar, 25, has nine league goals and 12 assists this season and is considered the man to eventually replace star Messi, who turns 30 in June.

Sampaoli believes the former Santos attacker is ready for the task of taking over from arguably the world's best player.

"He is a worthy successor to Messi and is on the road to big things. I have a good relationship with him," Sampaoli said.

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