It was enough to make any lover of team sports tear up with joy.
This is hardly the first time the 23-year-old Brazilian has gushed over his big brother from another mother, however. Neymar often refers to the 28-year-old Argentine as his idol on Instagram, where he posted a picture of the two accepting their awards at the Ballon d’Or ceremony on Monday. (Neymar came in third, behind second-place finisher Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi.)
And the feeling is mutual. Messi has fully taken Neymar under his wing, once even declaring he thinks the young Brazilian will someday surpass him.
It’s no wonder their celebratory goal hugs, often joined by Luis Suarez, the third prong in Barcelona’s front three, are so heartfelt.