BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- There are three reasons why Barcelona is favored to defend its Spanish league title.
They are as concise as they are convincing: Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and new arrival Neymar.
Known for its passing style, Barcelona can now field three of football's most confounding and creative dribblers in the same starting 11 after Neymar joined the champions this offseason in exchange for 57 million euros ($76 million), the eighth most expensive transfer in history.
Looks perfect on paper. So what could go wrong?
The soft-spoken Iniesta has always been happy to relinquish the leading role to Messi. But will Neymar, the bright and shining star of Brazil, be able to do likewise after being idolized as the next coming of Pele at Santos?