Both Neymar and Gareth Bale are young players who are up on the rise to become the best of their generation.
With Neymar already at Barcelona and many reports linking Bale to rivals Real Madrid, this article will compare and contrast both players.
Neymar, 21 who recently signed to Barcelona for €57m became famous while playing for Santos in the Brazilian league. He displayed lots of dazzling skills that have become extremely popular on YouTube and scored incredible goals.
In 2011, he entered the global scene by winning the FIFA Puskas award for the best goal of the year. He had to beat the likes of Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to claim the award.
He has won five major championships with Santos and recently secured the Confederations Cup for Brazil. He also won the bronze boot and Golden Ball award in that tournament which was incredible considering the amount of pressure Neymar faced to succeed.
He has 136 goals in 225 appearances for Santos while he has 24 goals in 39 caps for the Brazil national team. Both are very impressive stats especially for a 21-year-old that weighs 64kg and is 5ft 9in. With a lack of physical prowess, Neymar heavily depends on his talent when he plays football, which makes him very easy on the eye.
Neymar’s three main abilities are his dribbling, passing and shooting. With most stats and videos the first two abilities are quite obvious but his passing can be observed when you watch the player during a full game which surprisingly seems almost as good if not better than his dribbling.
Meanwhile, Bale, 24, is a lot older then Neymar (in football terms) and plays for Tottenham in the English Premier League. He started off as a full-back but after several unconvincing displays it became evident that was simply not his position. After Redknapp made the bold decision to use him the wings a couple of seasons ago, everything changed for the young Welshman.
Even though he has only won the League Cup with his team, he has a collection of impressive individual accolades. The major ones include two PFA players of the Year Awards along with one PFA Young Player of the Year and one FWA Footballer of the Year award.
He has 55 goals in 203 appearances for Spurs (although 49 of those came in 126 games after his positional switch) while he has 11 goals in 41 games for Wales. Being 6ft 1in and weighing 73kg, Bale does use his physical ability to his advantage and can also be dangerous in the air.
Bale’s main attributes are his pace and shooting that he uses to consistently score decisive goals for Tottenham. In addition, current manager Andre Villas-Boas tends to play him behind the striker regularly but when he’s back on the wings, his crossing ability is equally dangerous.
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