Pele: Neymar is more like Messi than Ronaldo

source : fourfourtwo.com - 7 April 2018




Neymar plays more like former Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi than Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Pele.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward has been linked with a switch to Madrid in recent months, potentially as a long-term replacement for evergreen 33-year-old Ronaldo - to whom he has been compared.

But Brazil great Pele believes his compatriot bears greater resemblance to Messi, the player whose spotlight - according to his father - Neymar sought to escape in Paris.

Neymar has been compared with Cristiano Ronaldo, Pele told ESPN.

I`ve said several times, told friends, in Europe, given interviews, Cristiano Ronaldo is an excellent player. He could be like our Vava, our Coutinho [World Cup winning team-mates from 1962], the finisher.

Neymar is really more of a Messi-style [player], one who constructs the play but scores goals also.

Neymar is set for a race against time to be fit for the World Cup in June due to a foot injury, although PSG coach Unai Emery has suggested his world-record signing will be back in France in the coming weeks.

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