Tuesday, 6 December 2011

FC Barcelona target Neymar a 'more complete' player than Lionel Messi - Pele


Brazil legend Pele has claimed that Santos striker Neymar is already a "more complete" player than Lionel Messi and can go on to become the best player in history.
Pele, 71, is widely seen as the greatest footballer of all time, but believes the Brazilian teenager can become ever better.

"Although we cannot talk of him as an heir because each player is different, Neymar has the ability to be better than me," he told Mundo Deportivo.

Neymar was widely linked with a move to Messi's club Barcelona during the summer, while Chelsea and Real Madrid are also keen on the £40million-rated forward.

Neymar and Messi could come up against each other later this month at the Club World Cup in Japan, and ahead of that potentially exciting clash, Pele has stated that he believes his compatriot is the better player.

"For me the two are technically very good, but Neymar is more complete because he shoots with both feet, and dribbles from both sides," he added.

"The one thing that lets both down is their heading.

"Messi has more experience for me. He is a more mature player, who has played big games in Europe, and that makes a difference. 

"Neymar has only [had] two years at senior level but is already an excellent player."

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