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Romario: Neymar's not as good as me

Neymar sets sights on 2014 World Cup in Brazil. (©GettyImages)
Neymar sets sights on 2014 World Cup in Brazil. (©GettyImages).

Barcelona forward Neymar has drawn plaudits from all over the world, following a number of eye-catching displays for Santos and Brazil over the past couple of the seasons.

So, when the Samba star completed a high-profile €57million move to Camp Nou during the summer, understandably much was expected from the 21-year-old in La Liga.

Neymar has impressed in his first few appearances for Gerardo Martino's side, but according to Brazil legend Romario, the talented youngster still needs to develop his game further, before he can be regarded as one of the game's true greats, reports Goal.com.

After winning the World Cup in 1994, Romario is widely regarded as one of the greatest strikers of all time, and has even seen comparisons between himself and the exciting Barcelona star of today.

However, he's played down those similarities, suggesting Neymar still has some way to go before he can be on the same level.

"Neymar is playing well and will be a huge star in the future," he told Brazilian newspaper O Dia. "But it is too early to compare him with me.

"However, if he continues to play at this level, then, who knows, you could even say he will be better than me when his career finishes. Today he is not."

With the 2014 World Cup set to be hosted in Brazil in just eight months time, Neymar will have an opportunity to move one step closer to Romario, if he can help the Selecao lift the trophy for a sixth time in Rio de Janeiro next summer,

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