Neymar has the 'qualities at the level of Ronaldinho,' claims Cesc Fabregas

Brazil's forwards Neymar (L) and Ronaldi

There isn’t a player that divides opinion quite like Neymar.

For years, he’s been considered the heir to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s throne.

When he’s on form, it’s not too outrageous to consider him the third best player in the world.

Since his move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017, he’s scored a quite ridiculous 69 goals in 80 appearances.

However, PSG have played 155 matches since he joined the club meaning Neymar has missed 75 games for a variety of reasons.

That means, according to a recent report, he’s cost the club a staggering £3.25 million-per-game due to his £198 million transfer fee and astronomical wages.

So, is Neymar really worth the hassle?

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Well, one of his former teammates certainly thinks so. In fact, he’s compared Neymar to the legendary Ronaldinho.

Ronaldinho is considered one of the greatest to have ever played the game, having won the Ballon d’Or in 2005.

Neymar has long been touted as a potential winner for the greatest individual award in football but hasn’t been close to challenging Messi and Ronaldo.

But Cesc Fabregas thinks Neymar has all the ability of his retired compatriot.

Brazil's forwards Neymar (L) and Ronaldi

"Neymar is an outlier, he has qualities at the level of Ronaldinho,” Cesc Fabregas said.

"He is a superstar that makes the difference when he wants.

"It's been a while since I played with him and he recently killed us in two games with PSG.

"[Lionel Messi], Luis [Suarez] and the rest liked having him in the team because at any moment he could give you an assist or dribble, something that is difficult in an evenly matched game.

"He has everything to be the best. Off the pitch he is a very good kid. He is like a child; he is always happy and enjoys life."


There has been talk of a sensational return to the Camp Nou in the summer for Neymar.

It’s doubtful whether Barca would be able to afford him considering the impact the coronavirus pandemic may have on the transfer market.

But there’s no doubt Neymar will be playing at the very top for many years to come.

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