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Luis Enrique Praises Neymar After Brazilian Scores His 100th Barcelona Goal

Neymar slotted his 100th Barcelona goal on Sunday, a feat his Barcelona boss Luis Enrique was swift to praise.

The Brazilian forward reached the milestone in just 177 matches, 10 quicker than Lionel Messi managed.

After Neymar had stuck the knife into Granada during his side’s 4-1 La Liga win, his manager labelled him a ‘beast’.

Enrique said: ‘He has numbers [which show he is] a beast of a footballer, he’s one of the most unbalancing players in the world [for opposition defences] and his signing by this club was a great decision.’

The Spaniard did not stop there and quipped that he wanted Neymar to add another 900 to his tally to reach 1,000.

‘I hope he scores another 900 goals, so we can keep seeing him at Barcelona for many more years,’ he said.

Enrique will be hoping Neymar can maintain his impressive form for the duration of the season.

Barcelona lie two points adrift of fierce rivals Real Madrid at the summit of La Liga, though Zinedine Zidane’s side have one game in hand.

Enrique was relieved his side managed to overcome weary legs following the international break to keep their title hopes alive.

‘The weeks after international games are always special, we have a lot of players who have had trips and are tired, and above all a game away from home always adds to the difficulty level, but I think we did very well,’ he concluded.