Former Arsenal and Brazil midfielder Gilberto Silva says Neymar would benefit from the guidance of Real Madrid superstar Kaka as he continues his upwards trajectory in the game.
Neymar may only be 20-years-old, but he has established himself as the most important player for football's most iconic nation and has been linked with a high-profile move to the likes of Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester United.
Kaka knows just how to deal with the pressure that comes with being Brazil's most prominent player, and both he and Neymar will continue to be in the spotlight as the 2014 World Cup approaches.
The Real Madrid midfielder could be just the player to help keep Neymar on the straight and narrow, both on and off the field, in the lead-up to the tournament on Brazilian soil, and was recently drafted back into the national team.
Until September, Kaka had not appeared for Brazil since the 2010 World Cup and Gilberto believes the introduction of the Santiago Bernabeu ace will ease the pressure placed on the young shoulders of Neymar.
"The quality [Neymar] has can be decisive and that’s how it should be. He’s only 20 and even so he’s able to drive the team to victory, which is great. I reckon he handles that role very well, because of how much confidence he has," Gilberto told FIFA.com.
"But the pressure on him is huge, and it’d help to have some more experienced players around to take the focus off him.
"Of course I don’t know what goes on in A Seleção on a day-to-day basis but, from the outside looking in, I’d suggest bringing in Kaka."