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VIDEO: Neymar shines in Messi's absence with brace vs Villarreal

The Brazilian made it five goals in two games with the match-winning strikes in La Liga on Saturday.

Barcelona will have to do without injured talisman Lionel Messi for the time being, but it seems that Neymar is making the most of his opportunity to move to centre stage.

The Brazil international scored a hat-trick in Barca’s midweek mauling of Celtic, and continued his goalscoring streak against Villarreal on Saturday.

A brace against the El Madrigal outfit was enough to see the Blaugrana claim three points in a 2-1 victory, with the goals here.

Neymar had something of a slow start to life in Spain after a big-money move from Santos in the summer, but appears to be hitting his best form for the Camp Nou outfit now.

In his early days with the club it appeared that he was in Messi’s shadow somewhat, but with the Argentine on the sidelines, Neymar is certainly standing up and being counted.

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