By Robbie Blakeley, Contributing Sports Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Lionel Messi eclipsed Neymar yesterday morning as European champions Barcelona waltzed to a 4-0 thrashing of Santos in Yokohama, Japan. In front of over 70,000 fans, the  Brazilian Copa Libertadores holders were left chasing shadows as Santos coach Muricy Ramalho described the Catalans as “invincible.”

Lionel Messi outshine Neymar in Sunday's World Club final
Lionel Messi outshines Brazil's Neymar in Sunday's World Club final, image recreation.

Neymar, who prior to the match was touted as Santos’ great hope against Messi & Co, was lost for words at the final whistle after being left so convincingly in Messi’s wake.

“It’s impossible to stop Barcelona,” the nineteen year-old said. The teenage sensation barely got a look in as his Argentine rival ran riot.

Messi put Barça ahead after seventeen minutes, deftly chipping over Rafael after an exquisite pass from Xavi.

And creator turned scorer seven minutes later to double the Spanish side’s advantage as they threatened to run riot against their shell shocked opponents.

Cesc Fabregas scored the third on the stroke of half-time, before Messi finished off the rout eight minutes from the end.

Santos, who won their third Libertadores crown this year, simply had no answer to Barça’s pass-and-move midfield and predatory prowess.

Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior (age 19), known simply as Neymar or Neymar Jr., plays as a forward for Santos and the Brazilian Seleção (national football team). While Santos only finished tenth in this year’s 2011 Brasileirão, Neymar remains a star, perhaps the biggest for Brazil going into the 2014 World Cup.

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  1. Just goes to show the gulf that exists! Until Neymar plays againts real quality we will never know how good he is. Thats why he will stay in Brazil until the next World Cup, the majority of the populace havent a clue about the real Brazilian talent now playing for European teams. The media in Brazil expected a result
    t yesterday! Very naive, to say the least! The likes of Globo etc. are now trying to pick the team based on home players, if this continues it will only end in humiliation, as happened yesterday. Lets get real and accept that the Brasileirao will not provide the quality that is required to win a World Cup, Look to the players who play day in day out in quality leagues, by the way, very little mention of the Brasilians who play for Barcelona!!


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