Lots of young footballers make the transfer headlines daily all around Europe, but few can compare to the Brazilian wonder-kid, Neymar.
However, as much as Neymar’s talent and skill is not in doubt, many still feel he is overrated.
Neymar is arguably the hottest property in world football today with his name popping up almost on a daily basis on the transfer news; if it’s not Barcelona or their eternal rivals Real Madrid today, it would be Chelsea the next day. Almost every top club in Europe wants to sign the Santos striker.
At the tender age of 21, Neymar has already achieved what players far older than him have been unable to achieve. He has won the South American player of the year twice (2011 & 2012), the best player in the Brazilian league and has been crowned the top scorer of the Brazilian league thrice. He has also won an Olympic Silver medal, the FIFA Puskas award and has received nominations for the FIFA Ballon d’or in the last two years.
But despite that Neymar has established himself as one of the best players in the world in addition to conquering the Brazilian league and indeed the whole of South America; lots of pundits still believe placing as much as a massive €40 million on a player who has not played in Europe is wrong.
The Brazilian league in many people’s opinion isn’t up to the standard of Europe’s top leagues but that would mean forgetting that Brazilian teams have done their league’s reputation no harm when faced with European opposition. (Corinthians won the last Club World Cup against European Champions, Chelsea.
Some feel he Neymar is a player who has a massive ego, loves to show off and dribbles often. He would never fit into a team like Barcelona who play as a unit. Others say Neymar would probably not dominate teams in Europe like he does in the Brazilian league with Santos because the tempo is higher and can be difficult to cope with.
However, the fact remains that Neymar’s reputation is by no means a fluke as he has continuously proved that he’s a great player in the making, he has almost single-handedly propelled Santos to the pinnacle of Brazilian football and has scored an enviable 32 goals in 47 matches for Brazil in all competitions starting from the youth teams to the senior national team. He recently scored all four goals in his latest match for Santos in a 4-0 thumping of Uniao Barbarense.
Next year’s world cup in his homeland would be the perfect opportunity for Neymar to prove his doubters wrong. Until then however, he will continue to be an overrated player in the sight of those who believe Europe is where top football is played.
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