Messi & Neymar: Barca’s top duo or clash of egos?

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For that reason, the two standouts will need to understand one another. Otherwise, it could be a real problem for Barcelona after it invested major money in bringing the two together with Iniesta, Xavi and Cesc Fabregas.

The task of making sure the two stars _ one firmly established as among the best in history, the other striving to join him _ get along will ultimately fall to new coach Gerardo Martino. The Argentine replaced Vilanova after Guardiola’s former assistant unexpectedly stepped down in late July to focus on treatment for his recurrent throat cancer.

“I can’t imagine (Messi and Neymar) not being able to play together,” Martino said at his presentation. “And if they can’t play together it won’t be their fault but rather a defect of the coach.”

The bottom line: If Martino can keep Messi and Neymar happy _ and that means piling up impressive goal numbers _ then the rest of the league should beware.

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