Former Juventus ace Alessandro Del Piero has predicted that Barcelona star Neymar will win the Ballon d’Or in the future.
The Italian spoke of his admiration for the Brazilian captain and hails him to become one of the best of his generation.
Speaking at a promotional event for the Champions League in Rio de Janiero, Del Piero told Goal: “Neymar is young, he’s still a young player, Messi and Ronaldo are at the top of their career.”
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He insists the Catalan winger has a bright future and has the credentials to win the top football honour, following in the footsteps of his teammate, Lionel Messi.
“He has the future in front of him and by the way, he has a great chance to win the Ballon d’Or in the future. Definitely yes.”
The 24-year-old is in scintillating form for the Blaugrana, scoring 21 league goals and ten assists so far this year, whilst his team are on course to replicate last year’s treble winning season.
However, when asked to choose between Messi and Ronaldo to be the best in world football today, the 41-year-old admitted it is really difficult to differentiate among the two world-class performers who are way ahead of their peers.
He added: “[Messi or Ronaldo?] I have never answered this question in my life because it’s too difficult to choose and too easy to choose at the same time.”
“I can close my eyes and pick the one who’s the best for me, both are incredible.”
The World Cup winner also reminisced about the game that eventually ended Brazil’s run for the 2014 World Cup in their homeland, the thumping 7-1 win by Germany against the Canarinho.
“That day was incredible. It surprised everyone. I don’t know what happened. I think it’s difficult for them [Brazil] to answer what happened, amazing for us, from the outside.”
“To describe this amazing tragedy I really don’t know. I hope and I think they will do great work at the next one. I hope for them.”
The Brazil national team will be aiming to better their World Cup showing under Dunga in the summer as they begin their Copa America campaign in the US on June 4 against Ecuador.