The Paris Saint-Germain defender has tested himself against the best in the business at club level and on an worldwide stage with Brazil.
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The Round of 16 clash promises to be a mouthwatering affair, with the first leg scheduled to be played at the Santiago Bernabeu on 14 February. He could still win the next Ballon d'Or.
The Brazilian has been in outstanding form so far this season and is the only player across the continent's top five leagues with more than 10 goals and assists.
"The little difference between them is that Messi, with the ball, one on one, or even against two, is hard to stop".
He also helped Portugal qualify for the World Cup finals via the play-offs against Switzerland.
Currently, Neymar is fourth in the all-time list of Brazil's top scorers - two behind Romario in third place, nine behind Ronaldo in second and 24 behind the legendary Pele.
Silva and Co were unable to contain Messi and Barcelona at the last-16 stage of the 2016-17 Champions League, with the La Liga giants staging a stirring fightback at Camp Nou to claim a remarkable 6-5 aggregate success.
But the Special One is more interested in a potential transfer for Kovacic.
The Wales global has claimed three Champions League trophies and a Liga title during his stint in the Spanish capital but has struggled to overcome a number of serious injuries.