Neymar, Leo Messi & Cristiano Ronaldo..

Pele thinks Neymar is now ahead of both Leo Messi & Cristiano Ronaldo in one major way

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The duopoly of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo is still going as strong as ever.

For the last 11 years, the pair have dominated the game of football, collecting every Ballon d'Or since 2007 and breaking virtually every record known to man.

However, with both players now into their 30's, talk has now focused on who will be the man to finally break the duopoly.

Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar is often touted as most suitable candidate, with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Kylian Mbappe and Luis Suarez also up there.

Neymar has finished third in the Ballon d'Or standings twice and has excelled as the main man in Paris, scoring 19 goals and providing 12 assists in just 19 Ligue 1 games.

And, Brazilian legend Pele thinks his countryman - who will be their go-to guy in Russia - is now ahead of both Messi and Ronaldo in one key way; he thinks he's the best technical player in the world.

"Neymar has changed the way he plays with the national team," Pele told FIFA's official website. "He has had to.

"At his club side, he was playing as a left-sided attacker, whereas for Brazil, he plays more centrally, as a more traditional No. 10. That's hard, but he's managed to adapt his game.

"If you look around the world, the ones who stand out are Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar. There are no other superstars. The important thing is for the national team to be well organised as a group because they no longer have three or four top players for each position.


"The same is true of Germany, whose emphasis is more on the collective. Before, it was individuals who mattered most, but it's changed a lot. It's all very similar these days.

"[Neymar is] ready. He might find that the tactical switch from his club to the national team isn't straightforward, but Neymar is Brazil's key player.

"He has to prepare himself for that. And I would go further: for me, technically, he is already the best player in the world. I'm absolutely sure of that."

Not sure many will agree there, particularly with Messi still at the peak of his powers.


Neymar is a fantastic all-round player, but the way the little Argentine does it all surely warrants him the greatest technical player around at the moment and arguably, of all time.

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