Brazil legend Ronaldinho believes compatriot Neymar is presently on the same level as Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi and Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
Neymar, 25, is an integral part of the dreaded ‘MSN’ strike force alongside Messi and Luis Suarez.
The Brazilian has already won two La Liga titles, 2 Cups and a Champions League since his 2013 switch to Barca, and two-time Fifa World Player of the Year Ronaldinho believes he belongs with the very best, Goal writes.
“Neymar is a close friend and he is Brazil’s greatest idol today,” Ronnie said in Dubai on Wednesday.
“He’s already at the same level as Ronaldo and Messi and we truly hope that one day he can get the Ballon d’Or and continue his success, but he’s already amongst the top and it’s just a matter of time.”
Neymar famously led Brazil to a maiden Olympic gold during the Rio games, and is one goal short of a century for Barca.
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Ronaldinho, who also had a glittering career with the Spanish giants – claiming two league titles and the Champions League in 2006 – refuses to compare the present-day Barca to his team.
“I never like comparisons, we were a great team with great players and individuals, and today’s side also has a great team with great players and individuals,” Ronaldinho said.
“I was successful, my team was successful and we won a lot of trophies and today’s Barca side are the same, they are also very successful, so I want to wish the best to them. I don’t like comparisons, I just know we should continue.”