BRAZIL legend Cafu has sensationally claimed that Neymar is ‘technically better’ than both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The former World Cup winning captain added that Neymar only needed to improve in becoming a leader both in club and international football by fully focusing on the game.
Neymar is widely considered one of the best footballers of his generation, but always with the caveat that he, like everyone else, is outside the realm of Ronaldo and Messi, who are generally regarded as two of the greatest of all time.
But former AC Milan right-back Cafu insisted that Neymar is the best of the three.
“Neymar is technically better than Messi, better than Cristiano Ronaldo, but he must assume the responsibility of a leader,” Cafu told Marca.
“One must dedicate themselves 100 per cent to football. I’m not better than Neymar, but I am better than other right-backs because I dedicated myself to that.
“He (Neymar) has to become a captain.”
Neymar’s antics off the pitch have been generally cited as to why he has not yet reached the pinnacle of world football, perhaps informing Cafu’s comments around leadership.
For all his ability, Neymar has never won the coveted Ballon d’Or, while Ronaldo has won it five times and Messi a record six.
Indeed, Messi himself has made no secret of his admiration for Neymar and his huge disappointment when the Brazilian swapped Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain. The pair have reunited at PSG in no small part due to Neymar convincing Messi to re-join him once he could not stay at Barca.
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