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.