Brazilian superstar, Neymar has hailed Argentinian record Ballon d'Or award winner, Lionel Messi asn "the biggest and best in history" following their loss to Argentina in the final of the Copa America on Sunday.
Neymar who is understood to be a good friend of Messi admitted that while losing was disappointing, he at least lost to a player who many believe is the best player in the history of the sport.
"My friend and brother MESSI, I was sad and I told him: 'You beat me.' I'm very sad for having lost. But this guy is awesome! I have great respect for what he has done for football and especially for me. I HATE TO LOSE!!!! But enjoy your title, football was waiting for you for that moment! CONGRATULATIONS BROTHER." Losing hurts me, it hurts me... it's something I haven't learned to live with yet. When I lost, I went to give a hug to the biggest and best in history that I saw playing.
The Copa America win was Messi's first major international trophy and Argentina's first title in 28 years, with the 34-year-old playing a key role in the win as he netted four goals and registered five assists - which ensured that he won the Player of the Tournament award.