Neymar rejects Ronaldinho comparisons

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Barcelona's latest marquee signing Neymar has played down comparisons to compatriot Ronaldinho and claims he still has a long way to go before replicating the feats of the former Camp Nou superstar.

Neymar completed his protracted transfer to Barcelona this week after the Primera Division champions agreed a €57 million fee with Santos, with the 21-year-old rejecting Real Madrid to secure his dream move.

His arrival in Barcelona was greeted by 60,000 supporters at the home of the Catalan giants - a realisation for Neymar at the level of expectation on his young shoulders following his transfer.

The performances of the young forward for club and country during his short career have seen him likened to no less than Pele and Lionel Messi, with it now hoped Neymar can reach the heights of the last Brazilian superstar to have played for Barcelona.

Neymar, however, realises there is plenty of work to be done to equal or exceed Ronaldinho - who was twice named World Player of the Year during his illustrious five season stay with Barcelona.

"You cannot compare anyone with Ronaldinho," Neymar told Barca TV.

"He made history at Barcelona, he made history in the Brazil national team and he continues to make history.

"In my case I am only just starting to make history and I also hope to be able to leave my mark here in Barcelona."

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