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Video: Neymar scores stunner to outshine Ronaldinho

Neymar marked his 200th Santos appearance with a wonder-goal (©GettyImages)
Neymar marked his 200th Santos appearance with a wonder-goal (©GettyImages).

Brazil star Neymar scored a stunning individual goal to help his side to a 2-2 draw against Ronaldinho's Atletico Mineiro on Wednesday.

The Santos forward, marking his 200th appearance for his boyhood club and wearing a special number "200" shirt, slalomed his way through the Mineiro defence, casting defenders aside with a series of nutmegs, feints, tricks and flicks before slotting past a mesmerised keeper to score one of the goals of the season.

The whole piece lasted less than ten seconds, but it perfectly encapsulated the Brazilian's brilliance, and justified the hype which has led every top club to be linked with the forward, from Barcelona to Chelsea, from Manchester City to Paris St Germain.

The 20-year-old, playing 24 hours after bagging a brace for Brazil in a friendly against Japan, was excellent throughout, at one stage cruelly embarrassing a Mineiro defender was an outrageous rainbow flick.

And all this against the man he's set to replace as the centrepiece of the Brazil national side, Ronaldinho.

The former-Barcelona and Milan star is back in the country of his birth, and enjoying his football again, and the 32-year-old showed flashes of his old brilliance.

But the former-World Player of the Year was undoubtedly overshadowed by the exceptional play of the heir to his throne.

According to the Daily Mail, Neymar only arrived in Brazil on the morning of the game, and after a 20-hour trip from Wroclaw - where Brazil's friendly took place - the 20-year-old sensation turned in a superb performance.

Chelsea and Manchester City have been strongly linked with a move for the Brazil youngster, but the Premier League giants are sure to face strong competition, especially from La Liga.

Chelsea playmaker Oscar has already revealed he's tried to convince Neymar to join the Stamford Bridge club, but Dani Alves has done likewise at Barcelona.

Both of those Champions League titans could be pipped by the new kids on the block, the big-spending duo of Manchester City and Paris St Germain. City have insisted they will not be splashing the cash, instead focusing on youth development, but a move for Neymar would be difficult to resist.

And with brilliance like this, it's not hard to see why he's the most wanted man in world football…

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