Former Brazilian captain and World Cup winner, Dunga, believes Barcelona's style of play does not suit Neymar, and that the Catalan giants should allow him the freedom he has at international level if they want to get the best out of him, according to the Marca.
Dunga, a defensive midfielder for Brazil, represented his country on 91 occasions, captaining the: "Canarinho" to World Cup glory in 1994, and led them to the final in 1998 before losing to France.
Alongside Xavi and Romario he also has the distinction of featuring in a World Cup, Olympic Games, Confederations Cup and continental championship final.
Dunga also managed the national side from 2006-2010, however was dismissed after going down to the Netherlands 2-1 in the quarter-finals of the World Cup in South Africa, after squandering a 1-0 lead.
A host of former Brazilian greats, most notably Pele, criticised Dunga for his team selection and tactics, believing he made a critical mistake not including an 18-year old Neymar and Pato in his squad for the showpiece in South Africa.
Barcelona style doesn't suit Neymar
Speaking from his native Brazil, Dunga stressed that Barcelona will never get the best out of the brilliant Neymar if they don't allow him the freedom of the park that Brazilian manager Phil Scolari has given him at international level.
"There's a big difference between the Neymar of Brazil and that of Barça. Neymar's way is to dribble the ball and go in and attack the opposition, and Barça's is one touch football. So, Neymar in Barcelona, playing the ball, is like any other player. When it comes to the national side, though, Neymar has his freedom and it brings out the creativity he has."
Dunga who enjoyed a successful 20-year career in Brazil, Italy, Germany and Japan, has a fair point when you take under consideration the international form of Neymar, not only in the World Cup, but his overall record which has seen him score 35 goals in only 53 appearances.
With his country, he is the centrepiece, has a licence to roam free, running from deep and taking on defenders.
At Barcelona, Messi fulfils that role, and with the potential arrival of Luis Suarez, Neymar could potentially be suffocated even more.
However Barcelona have a new manager in the shape of former Luis Enrique and who knows how he will employ Neymar next season.
If he has been watching the Brazilian star perform in the World Cup thus far you would have to think that a little more freedom in La Liga would be of great benefit to the club going forward.
Great World Cup
Dunga has been relishing the performances showcased so far in his home World Cup, with many pundits already saying it is one of the greatest that has ever been.
Despite concerns leading into the showpiece surrounding a number of issues, the football has done the talking with an incredible 154 goals scored already with still eight games left to play.
The record is 171 from France 1998 and one expects that Brazil will surpass that.
Brilliance of Neymar
"It’s a really good World Cup, in truth, as most of them are. This is special, because of the atmosphere in the stadiums, the Brazilian climate and because we are seeing a lot of goals. The teams are going out on the attack, to score goals, and we have seen some great games", he said.
Dunga did express concern that Phil Scolari's team haven't been firing on all cylinders, however believes they still have time to rectify that.
"Brazil are winning and in the quarterfinals, which is the most important thing. But it is true that their performances have not been consistent and we have not seen the Brazil we all know, but as long as they are getting through the playoffs, there is time for progress to be made", Dunga commented.
"Neymar is very important for Brazil. He is very focused, playing well, scoring goals. It's very important for a player of his level, not just to play well and create opportunities, but also to finish actions and score goals, that makes the difference", Dunga said of the 'Azulgrana' star.
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