Former Barcelona star, Neymar, has revealed that Lionel Messi was a big help when he initially joined the Spanish giants, as the Argentinean calmed him down during a match. 

The duo played together at the Catalan club for four years from 2013 to 2017, before the Brazilian left to join Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record deal. During their time together, they won two league titles and three Spanish Cups, apart from a Champions League. 

One of football's biggest agents, Pini Zahavi, ​recently said that Messi, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo can all not co-exist in the same team at the moment because they are the three biggest stars in world football. 

However, despite having left the Blaugrana, Neymar still only has fond memories of his time together with Messi. The two shared a strong bond on and off the field and the Brazil talisman remembered how a half-time talk from the Argentine back in 2013 started it all. 

Speaking to Altas Horas, ​as per AS, he said, "He saw that I was close to tears because I hadn’t had a good first half. Messi saw that I was upset and he started to talk to me: ‘you have to be yourself, play your football, and don’t let yourself get intimidated.’”

The 25-year-old added, "After talking to him I started to get going, to show my football and gain confidence. It was when I relaxed and became happy, and began a strong friendship.”

Currently out with a broken metatarsal, Neymar is on his way back to full fitness and is the ​key to Brazil's hopes at the World Cup in the summer.