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'Neymar is better than Messi' - Cafu

Publish on 29/03/2020 at 11h20 - I. HOLYMAN

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Not even Barcelona icon Lionel Messi can match the mesmerising skills of Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar, according to Brazil legend Cafu.

Neymar played alongside Messi at Barcelona for four years as part of the fabled 'MSN' front three along with Luis Suarez.

 

While Messi has won a record six Ballons d'Or, Neymar has yet to claim football's most coveted individual prize, but Cafu told FOX Sports not even the magical Argentine can match his compatriot's ability on the ball.

 

"Technically, Neymar is the best player in the world," said Brazil's 2002 FIFA World Cup-winning captain. "Today, technically, nobody can beat Neymar. Not even Messi, although I am a fan of him. But he does not surpass him in terms of technical quality."

 

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The 28-year-old used that technical quality to help his nation take the gold medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016. However, Neymar has so far failed to inspire his country to the top of the football world for a sixth time.

 

Cafu sees the PSG man as the Seleçao's great hope of a first World Cup since he lifted the trophy in Japan 18 years ago, but admits Neymar's supporting cast needs to be stronger.

 

"I speak again here, he is our greatest hope for winning a World Cup. With Neymar on the pitch, whether he wants it or not, eight opponents will stay connected to him.

 

"He is a reference, he makes room for others, he scores extraordinary goals, but, really, someone is missing who covers, someone is lacking the strength to fit in around him."

 

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