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Mourinho: What Neymar Must Do To Be Better Than Pele

Discussion in 'South America football/Copa America' started by sport maestro, Feb 17, 2019.

  1. sport maestro

    sport maestro Active Member

    There has been no shortage of debate over Neymar's place in the list of Brazil all-time greats and as we know, Football, is a game of opinions.
    It’s always difficult to compare players from different generations, but Jose Mourinho has said that Neymar must achieve success with Brazil, before he can be compared with Pele.

    Brazilian football magazine Placar has named Neymar as their nation's greatest ever player since the legendary Pele, with the Paris Saint-Germain star surpassing a whole host of great names such as Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Zico and Ronaldinho to take that honour.

    Neymar has already staked a claim to being one of the best players in the world, having dominated Ligue 1 with Paris Saint-Germain when healthy and achieved success at Barcelona.

    However, the Brazil forward’s exploits on the international stage, have not matched his domestic success.

    Though he has taken home Olympic Gold medal and triumphed in the Confederations Cup, success in the Copa America and World Cup have eluded him.

    Asked by DAZN about the controversy, former Manchester United boss said there were two names that came to mind for him as potential challengers to that honour.: “Neymar is a fantastic talent and nobody can doubt that.

    “He came to Europe and won immediately. But I think they forgot players that were the best of the world at some point, such as Ronaldo and Rivaldo, just citing two, and I could remember more.

    "They also came to Europe and were fantastic, but beyond that, they passed through this special situation in a country’s life that is succeeding on the international level.

    “Neymar will keep fighting to be on Europe’s elite, where he already is, and this [winning with Brazil] will continue to be a dream for him.”

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