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Neymar: I don't want to be world's best

Neymar just wants to be happy. (©GettyImages)
Neymar just wants to be happy. (©GettyImages).

Brazilian sensation Neymar, a reported target for Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester United, says he is not striving to become the best player in the world but simply wants to be happy in his personal and professional life.

Neymar has been told he must secure a transfer to Europe if he wants to be held in the same regard as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo but, although the 20-year-old dreams of a high-profile move, he is not driven by the ambition of being the greatest.

The Brazil international says he will always place happiness above personal success, although an eventual move to the likes of Barcelona, Chelsea or Manchester United does hold some appeal for Neymar.

"I still dream of coming to Europe, but the right moment has yet to arrive. I'm very happy here at Santos, close to my family and my friends," Neymar told Globoesporte.

"I have no plans to move for the moment, but it's not because I'm content where I am. My objective is not to be the best in the world, but instead to be happy. Happiness comes first."

Neymar is contracted to current employers Santos until 2014, and it would seem he is destined to make the move from Brazil to Europe when his deal ends, if not before.

Barcelona has been touted as the most likely destination for Neymar, although the Camp Nou club may find competition in the shape of Chelsea and Manchester United.

Chelsea midfielder Oscar has urged Neymar to join him at Stamford Bridge, while Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson reportedly attempted to bring the forward to Old Trafford on the final day of the summer transfer window.

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