Ronaldo tips Barcelona star to be world’s best – NOT Messi

Brazil legend backs Neymar to continue his rise to the top

At 21 years of age, Barcelona’s Brazilian forward Neymar is about to enter the prime of his career, and next summer’s World Cup could provide the perfect stage.

Neymar was controversially omitted from Brazil’s squad for the 2010 World Cup, despite a 14,000 public petition for the striker, then a teenager playing for Santos, to be included.

However, after 53 goals in 84 appearances for Santos, Neymar earned a £46 million move to Barcelona during the summer, and has already hit four goals in 11 appearances.

And according to Brazil’s second-highest all-time goal-scorer Ronaldo, Neymar can go on to become the best player in the world.

“Neymar was only young when he left here for Europe, but it goes without saying that he’s going to learn a lot there,” Ronaldo is quoted as saying by Football Espana.

“You’re playing with the very best in the world in Europe and you’re always learning. You have to stand out among the best and you’re always looking to improve.

“I’m convinced he’s going to become the greatest player in the world and competing in Europe will go a long way to helping him achieve that.”

Ronaldo believes that playing alongside the likes of Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta will only improve Neymar’s game, and in turn benefit his country.

“I really like the way he’s going about things at Barcelona,” said Ronaldo. “He’s playing well, he’s tactically aware and he’s really involved, which all means he’s going to be bringing even more to the Brazil team.”

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