Is Barcelona and Brazil forward Neymar overrated?


Neymar's poor performance in El Clasico was just the latest in a number of unimpressive games for Barcelona and raises the question, is he as good as everyone says he is?

Neymar joined Barcelona from Santos last year for £48.6 million and much fanfare accompanied the mega move.

The Brazillian won the Golden Ball for best player at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and as it stands, has scored 30 goals in 47 appearances for Brazil.

With such achievements already in the bag by the age of 22 there was great expectation surrounding Neymar's maiden campaign in Europe.

What unfolded however has been nothing short of an anti-climax. 12 goals in 33 appearances for the Catalan side this season is not the form of supposedly one of the world's best footballers.

Some may argue that Neymar requires time to adapt to La Liga but his monumental tansfer fee would suggest otherwise. In effect there should have been a much greater return on Barcelona's heavy investment, even so early on into the Brazilian's European adventure.

Neymar's inability to truly affect El Clasico on Sunday was quite probably the nadir. Despite winning a penalty, where was the Neymar that would truly announce himself on, quite possibly, the biggest rivalry in all of club football?

The answer. He was nowhere to be seen, virtually anonymous and dragged off for Pedro on 68 minutes.

Face it. Had the the forward influenced proceedings there would be less room to answer for. And until such a point arrives, the refrain of scepticism on Neymar's ability and worth will grow more and more.

Perhaps Barcelona boss Gerardo Martin isn't using the boy from Mogi das Cruzes correctly. Perhaps Messi is hogging the stage a little too much. Or perhaps Neymar really isn't that good? On that score alone the Brazil World Cup should be very interesting...

Do you believe Neymar is overrated and where do you rank him amongst the top footballers in the world?

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