Brazil's forward Neymar gestures during a press conference in Teresopolis on July 10, 2014, during the FIFA World Cup. Brazil will face Netherlands on July 12, in the third place play-off for the FIFA World Cup tournament at The Mané Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia. Photo: AFP/ Getty Images
Neymar has backed fellow Barcelona star Lionel Messi ahead of Argentina's World Cup final with Germany, insisting the 27-year-old deserves the victory, reports Goal.com.
La Albiceleste progressed to Sunday's showpiece after defeating the Netherlands 4-2 on penalties on Wednesday, overcoming Louis van Gaal's side after an uneventful 0-0 draw.
Despite the traditional animosity between Brazil and Argentina, Neymar insists that he would be delighted if it was Messi that lifted the World Cup trophy at the Maracana, calling him a worthy winner.
"Messi deserves to win the World Cup," the 22-year-old told a press conference.
"He's my friend, I wish him the best."
Argentina and Germany meet in the World Cup final for the third time, with Die Mannschaft victorious in 1990 and the South Americans winning in 1986.
Neymar, who is out injured after suffering a fractured vertebra against Colombia in the quarter-finals, will watch on as Brazil face Netherlands in Saturday's third-place play off.