Luis Enrique hails Neymar after Brazilian scores 100th Barcelona goal

Luis Enrique hails Neymar after Brazilian scores 100th Barcelona goal

Luis Enrique believes Neymar’s return of 100 goals in less than four seasons shows he made the right decision in joining Barcelona.

The transfer deal that saw the Brazilian join from Santos in 2013 has seen Barca, Neymar and his family face charges of tax fraud and corruption.

On the field it has been a great success as Neymar netted his 100th goal in just 176 games with Barca’s fourth in a 4-1 rout of Granada on Sunday.

“They are numbers at the reach of a beast of a player,” said Luis Enrique. “He is one of the best players in the world at unbalancing defences and at the time his signing was a great decision.

“It was right for him and of course the club.”

Despite signing a new five-year contract in October, Neymar is still linked with a move away from the Nou Camp.

Reports in England on Sunday claimed Manchester United and Chelsea are reportedly willing to smash the world transfer record in another attempt to lure him to the Premier League next season.

Luis Enrique, though, hopes the 25-year-old remains at Barca long after he steps down as coach at the end of the campaign.

“I hope he scores 900 more goals and we can continue to watch him for many years at Barcelona,” Luis Enrique said.

Rafinha looks set to miss his side’s Champions League quarter-final clashes with Juventus after suffering a meniscus injury in his right knee against Granada.

“Rafinha has an injury to the inner meniscus of the right knee. He will undergo further tests to determine the extent of the injury,” Barcelona said in a statement.

“It doesn’t seem like it is very serious, but it is something that will mean he misses the next few weeks,” added Barca boss Luis Enrique.

“He will be a big miss.”

Source: Sky Sports