While the Premier League is widely considered the most competitive league in the world, it’s clear that the best players in the world play elsewhere.
That can be identified by UEFA’s Team of the Year that was announced in January with eight of the 11 players coming from La Liga, two from Serie A and one from the Bundesliga.
While we’ve had the pleasure of seeing Cristiano Ronaldo grace English football, it seems highly unlikely that we’ve ever see the likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar ply their trade in the UK.
Messi isn't getting any younger and looks set to either stay at Barcelona for his entire career or return to his native Argentina to retire. However, there are still plenty of years remaining for Neymar to move to England having just turned 25.
And his latest comments suggest that we could yet still have the pleasure of watching the Brazilian play in the Premier League.
Neymar on the Premier League
“The Premier League is a championship that amazes me,” he told The Sun.
“I like the playing style and the teams. And who knows, someday, I would like to play at it, yes”.
The teams Neymar 'admires'
But who would Neymar sign for if he did ever move to England?
Well, the forward went on to name the four clubs that he ‘admires’ - as well as naming two coaches that he would like to work with.
“I admire Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool — these are the teams that are always there fighting,” he said.
“And then you have high-level coaches like Mourinho and Guardiola. These are coaches with whom any player would like to work.”
Leicester in the Champions League
While La Liga is usually won by either Barcelona or Real Madrid, the Premier League campaign begins with five or six sides teams with a chance of glory.
And while Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham have already crashed out of the Champions League, Neymar is well aware of the threat Leicester could pose Barcelona in the competition League, despite the Foxes struggling in the league.
“In the Premier League you never know who is going to win or who will be champions, it is always a surprise,” he said.
“Leicester are very good. They had a great season last year, they were Prem champions and therefore we need to respect them if we draw them in the Champions League.”
Football fans in England would love the chance to see Neymar play in their country, but it’s unlikely that he’ll be too keen to leave Messi and Luis Suarez any time soon. And with Barcelona challenging for La Liga and Champions League honours, it will take a huge offer to tempt him to swap La Liga for the Premier League.
But at least he’s interested.
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