Neymar is one of the big superstars in the game. Still only in his mid-twenties, he has already achieved so much in the game and his personal trophy cabinet must be close to full. Many football journalists alike feel that Neymar (along with a few other individuals) will most likely take the title of the best player in the world once Messi and Ronaldo retire.
Neymar signed for Barcelona in 2013 from Brazilian side Santos as a young talent who looked to set the football world alight. In just over 3 years at Barcelona, Neymar has shown a consistent goal scoring record with 63 goals in 116 appearances. While his goal scoring record has always been in the shadow of Messi’s and more recently Luis Suarez’s, his incredible 52 assists in his 4 seasons (currently in his 4th season) at Barcelona are something to be proud of.
Neymar signing for Barcelona in 2013
Any Barcelona fan will tell you that the Brazilian was brought to help create a fearsome attack with Messi but also to eventually replace him when Messi’s time was up. With all of Messi’s problems in the last year with tax avoidance and wanting a bigger wage in his new contract, it has upped these previous predictions that one day Neymar might be the Spanish side’s main man. With Barcelona giving new contracts to Neymar and Suarez recently, and much wealthier ones at that, it must mean that the club are thinking more long term and consider Neymar more valuable than Messi in this sense.
At just 25 years of age, he does have the experience already and the winning mentality and leadership to succeed Messi at Barcelona and even become the best player in the world. The Brazilian has already won 2 La Liga titles, 2 Copa del Rey’s, a Supercopa de Espana, a Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup at Barcelona. That’s not to even mention his glamorous Brazil career. He still has much of his international career left and he already boasts a Silver and Gold medal with Brazil at the 2012 & 2016 Olympic games with his country; captaining the latter in their achievement in their home country. With 51 goals in 76 matches for Brazil he is now also the fourth-highest goal scorer for the national team after Pele, Ronaldo & Romario.
Neymar during the 2016 Olympics with Brazil
Bearing these achievements in mind and the fact that Messi has struggled to light up both his country and club might show Neymar to be the better player and the one that can take Barcelona to heights even Messi hasn’t. Let’s not forget that Neymar has already been close to the mark and lingers around the top already so once Messi’s career comes to an end or he moves on from Barcelona, it won’t be difficult for Neymar to take top spot. The forward came 3rd for the FIFA Ballon d’or in 2015 & 5th in the 2016 Ballon d’or.
Neymar might never hit the kinds of records Messi has in his career but if Messi does leave the club or when he does start to decline in the latter stages of his career, it is almost certain Neymar will be the main man at Barcelona and perhaps even the world, for many years to come.
Neymar has already won so much in the game
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