Messi and Neymar pose with new Barcelona shirt in Japan

The Catalan side wheeled out their two biggest names alongside Gerard Pique and Arda Turan in Tokyo at the first sponsorship event of the new season on Thursday.

Neymar and Lionel Messi were among the big names in Japan on Thursday as Barcelona revealed their new shirt sponsors Rakuten.

The Catalan side wheeled out their two biggest names alongside Gerard Pique and Arda Turan in Tokyo at the first sponsorship event of the new season.

Messi has just returned to work after an unforgettable summer which saw him marry his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo in their home city of Rosario.

Lionel Messi, Neymar, Gerard Pique and Arda Turan (left-right) pose with the new home shirt

Lionel Messi, Neymar, Gerard Pique and Arda Turan (left-right) pose with the new home shirt

Messi and Neymar took questions from the press at the sponsorship event in Tokyo, Japan

Messi and Neymar took questions from the press at the sponsorship event in Tokyo, Japan

Neymar, meanwhile, has been back in Brazil where he held the largest five-a-side tournament in the world in his hometown.

Raising money for Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr, over 100,000 players from 53 countries battled for a spot in the final at the amazing project.

Both players are back with their clubs now though, with their first duty being to reveal the club's new home shirt ahead of the season.

While at the event in Japan, Messi spoke openly about the new era which is about to begin at Barcelona under Ernesto Valverde.

The Argentine says he is excited to work under the former Athletic Bilbao boss, who will manage his first game against Juventus in New Jersey next week. 

Neymar has just returned to work at Barcelona after spending some of the summer in Brazil

Neymar has just returned to work at Barcelona after spending some of the summer in Brazil

Messi (left) says he is excited to work under new Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde

Messi (left) says he is excited to work under new Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde

'With the new manager everything will be new,' Messi said on Thursday. 'I don't know what kind of manager he is, but he is a great person.

'He was with Valencia and Bilbao, we are hearing a lot about his very good reputation, so we are pinning our hopes on this new beginning.

'Whenever I start a new season there is a very clear-cut goal, which is that Barcelona will do our best.

'Personally I am very happy and looking forward to starting a new season. We have new coaches and assistants. I would like to work with them and enjoy Barcelona for another year.'

 Messi and his wife Antonella have just returned from their honeymoon after a dream summer

 Messi and his wife Antonella have just returned from their honeymoon after a dream summer

Barcelona star Neymar showed off his skills at his five-a-side tournament in Brazil on Saturday

Barcelona star Neymar showed off his skills at his five-a-side tournament in Brazil on Saturday