After advising his fellow countryman to join Barcelona if he leaves Santos, Brazilian legend Pele has revealed he feels that Neymar needs to be more professional to make the grade in Europe.

Pele claims that the Santos striker currently cares more about fashion and his hair than performances on the pitch.

Neymar has remained a wanted man ever since his emergence onto the big stage, with his skilful performances catching the eye of many of Europe’s top clubs.

There has been much debate over when the Brazilian forward will be ready for a move to Europe, as he desperately seeks to prove himself as one of the best players in the world.

Pele has given his verdict, and believes that Neymar is certainly not ready to move just yet.

He said: "The game is tougher in England, Italy and Germany because the referees usually let play go on.

"Santos need him and for that reason I don't think he should leave but if he must go it should be to Barcelona.

"He is an excellent player but he doesn't have any experience outside Brazil. In every game he plays outside Brazil, he doesn't do well. Everybody thinks Neymar can solve the national team's problems, but he isn't ready for that burden."

Neymar is expected to be one of the major stars of the 2014 World Cup which takes place on home soil, as he seeks to establish himself as one of the world’s best players. 

Due to his age he is bound to be a little more immature than your average footballer, but it remains to be seen whether Pele’s warning will be heeded by the young forward.

"We think that he is the best in the world, but he is more concerned about appearing in the media than playing for the team," Pele said.

"Neymar has a lot of responsibilities on his shoulders. Right now his major concerns are fashion and his haircut."

If he takes up the advice given to him by his country's greatest hero, then Neymar will surely be heading up that ladder as one of Brazil's all-time greats.

 

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