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Neymar should still bow down to Ronaldo

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It's a painful reminder of the times that of the two Ronaldos - the Brazilian is known as 'the fat one', he's a true legend of international football and remains the country's greatest striker since Pele. 

The global brand of Cristiano has grown and transformed into an unstoppable machine that chews up anybody that stands in its way, even Lionel Messi is over 30 million Facebook 'likes' short of the Real Madrid man. If the original Ronaldo was around now, though, it would be a different story. 

However, in El Clasico proportions, there is a new kid on the block ready for a rivalry, and that is Barcelona's Neymar.

This World Cup has come at the perfect time for the 22-year-old. After an initial struggle at the Nou Camp, the striker has truly cast himself onto the biggest stage with some dazzling displays.

His four group stage goals have seen Luiz Felipe Scolari's side into the Last 16 for a mouth watering South American clash with Chile.

Pundits, players and fans are tipping him to become the greatest player of all-time. However, at this stage, he doesn't come close to Brazilian Ronaldo's standards.

Ronaldo and Neymar can be compared on their respective first World Cup adventures. 

In 1998 Inter Milan's Ronaldo came to France as the world's greatest player, and until the final - he showed exactly why. 

Four goals and three assists saw the defending champions of 1994 through to an ill-fated final. Controversies and conspiracy theories exist on what happened the night before France's 3-0 stroll. What we do know is that Ronaldo suffered a fit and cut a forlorn figure as Zinedine Zidane fired the hosts to home glory.

The affect of the mysteriously-disheveled striker proved exactly how much the country relied on him.

Faster than a Cheetah and more powerful than an Ox; Ronaldo had it all, a real no-nonsense goalscorer. He righted the wrongs soon after in 2002 and went on to become the World Cup's most prolific scorer (until Miroslav Klose tied things up this year). 

Neymar has the potential to get to the same levels, but there has to be a change in the former Santos man. Yes, he's already bagged four goals and leads the charts, but as the tournament progresses he must change his style.

You get an incredible feeling of jealous frustration when you watch the blonde-tinted pretty-boy. We saw Portugal's Ronaldo trying tricks galore against USA, to no avail, and it seems as though Neymar doesn't want to be outdone.

When playing directly and without the trickiness, he has proved unstoppable thus far. However, occasionally he'll try the ridiculous in unnecessary situations and it looks silly when it doesn't come off.

Ronaldo would never dream of that, and if he were around today - he would probably keep Neymar cleaning his boots on the touchline.

You need an ego to make it in football and Neymar's is just that bit more unlikeable. It will be interesting what happens against the better defenders, Ronaldo brushed them aside, will Neymar?

He's already lost fans in high-pressure Champions League games this season for his antics, and when you see the expectation of Brazil's fans - it could all end in tears.

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