Friday, September 22, 2017

Pele: Neymar can surpass Messi

SoccerNews in La Liga 5 Jun 2013

46 Views

Brazilian legend Pele believes compatriot Neymar can become a better footballer than Lionel Messi following his move to Barcelona.

The 20-year-old completed a 57 million euro move to the Liga champions from Santos on Monday.

He will now line-up alongside Argentine talisman Messi, who many consider to be the best player currently active, if not of all time.

However, Pele, who spent 18 years with Santos and won three World Cups during his career, feels the new man at Camp Nou can surpass Messi’s achievements.

“I think it is good for him because, no doubt, Neymar was one of the best players in Brazil and he needed experience of playing outside,” Pele told Perform.

“Of course, to play in Europe is a little different to playing in South America, because the football in Europe is a little more tough. South America is a little more ball control, more technical. It will be a little tough for him to get experience, but no doubt, with Messi and Barcelona, he has a good team, and it will be easy for him to play.

“I always wonder when people ask me for a comparison. I say, ‘If you see Neymar, it’s not the same experience of watching Messi. Messi is ten years in front because he has more experience than Neymar, who has two years.

“Neymar can kick with both feet, he’s good in the air. He has a different style. That’s what I try to explain to people, but both, of course, are good players.

“I love Messi. I’ve admired Messi for a long time, but to make the comparison, I think that Neymar has the possibility to play better than Messi.”

Neymar made 220 appearances in all competitions during his time at Santos, scoring 124 goals.

He will join up with his new Barcelona team-mates following the FIFA Confederations Cup, which begins on June 15.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

SoccerNews

Soccernews.com is news blog for soccer with comprehensive coverage of all the major leagues in Europe, as well as MLS in the United States. In addition we offer breaking news for transfers and transfer rumors, ticket sales, betting tips and offers, match previews, and in-depth editorials.

You can follow us on Facebook: Facebook.com/soccernews.com or Twitter: @soccernewsfeed.

SHARE OR COMMENT ON THIS ARTICLE

WE RECOMMEND

Leave a Reply

49 Comments on "Pele: Neymar can surpass Messi"

Notify of
avatar
 
smilegrinwinkmrgreenneutraltwistedarrowshockunamusedcooleviloopsrazzrollcryeeklolmadsadexclamationquestionideahmmbegwhewchucklesillyenvyshutmouth
Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted
Brad
Guest
Brad

dunno what to say here really. Yes, Neymar can become greater than Messi, there’s a possibility that’s going to be around for a while, but I don’t think Neymar can do it.

Vince
Guest
Vince

Pele is a great player but not a good talent spotter. Neymar will do well at barca coz of talented n team players thr. Individually hes not thr amongst d great category of players. Iniesta n xavi r d real backbone of barca n real professionals of d game. Take them out n barca becomes ordinary. Ronaldo is better than neymar anytime.

Georges Jean
Guest

As a three-time World Cup winner, Pele’s statements are always there for one to ponder. To play for Barcelona, a team with World class champion players, is an edge for Neymar.

Brad
Guest
Brad

Vince has a point about iniesta and xavi. However, they don’t become ordinary. They just lose a big part of their creativity.

cj
Guest

Yea pele was a great player but when it comes to talents,he shuld keep quiet.neymarsigning for barca is good 4 him.its time for him to prove himself and stop been overated

cloud
Guest
cloud

in terms of talent, Neymar has the potential. but in terms of personality, i think he’ll be the next robinho. too much promise and failed big time.

but once again, if Neymar scores goals the dynamic duo of Iniesta and Xavi will again be unnoticed.

Brad
Guest
Brad

as if we hadn’t seen that kind of thing happen already, right Cloud?

EDR7CH
Guest
EDR7CH

Love n Respect to all players. Pele is great ,but he never played in Europe . if it was not for Diego Armando Maradona , Pele would have been honest with his comments. you never know he Neymar will be the Best..but let the talking be done on the pitch first. For now Messi is voted best footballer by FIFA . I guess Jury are great players themselves .

Brad
Guest
Brad
Here’s another example of ignorance, Cloud. . . Nowadays, you do have to play football in Europe to be one of the best, given how much more attention is showered on club football in Europe than club football on any other continent. This is a result of clubs there (notably Madrid and Barca) bringing in the world’s best to Europe. However, back then, the vast majority of players tended to stay in their home countries or move to a neighboring nation, whether the player is of European, North/South American, or some other continental background. Because of this, there was no… Read more »
Jose
Guest
Jose

Awsner;
Yes
He can surpass messi..
Escpexialy if messi has to go to jail for 6 years .__.

wpDiscuz
Live Scores

advertisement

Betting Guide Advertisement

advertisement

  • Football_888sport betting
Become a Writer
More More
Top