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Neymar names the toughest defenders he has faced in his career

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Barcelona star Neymar has named Javier Mascherano, Gerard Pique, Thiago Silva and Sergio Ramos as the toughest defenders he has faced so far in his career.

The Brazil international took part in a short question-and-answer session with FIFA.com and was asked to name the toughest defender he has ever faced.

Unable to settle on just one, the 23-year-old commented: “It’s hard to say, there are so many top defenders. Mascherano, Pique, Thiago Silva, Sergio Ramos - he’s a great centre-back - there’s a lot.”

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Neymar also revealed that his hero is the former Real Madrid player Robinho, while he admitted he would loved to have played alongside Romario, Zinedine Zidane and the original Ronaldo.

The world-class forward revealed his best friend in football at the moment was his Barcelona teammate Dani Alves - although he also used to be close to Paulo Henrique Ganso when they played together at Santos - while the best goal he ever scored was his sensational solo effort against Flamengo in 2011.

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Neymar is a future Ballon d'Or winner

Neymar scored a magnificent 39 goals in 51 matches for Barcelona last season but has not been named as one of the final three contenders for the UEFA Best Player in Europe award.

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez have all made the shortlist - but many would argue Neymar should have been selected ahead of Suarez.

Still, there is plenty of time for Neymar to land his hands on prestigious individual accolades.

It would take a brave individual to bet against this genuine world-class talent winning a Ballon d’Or in the future.

Will Neymar win the Ballon d’or in the next two or three years? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!

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