Ronaldo believes Neymar is the heir to Lionel Messi's throne

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Brazilian legend Ronaldo believes Neymar is well placed to take Lionel Messi's crown as the greatest player in the world one day.

Messi recently won a record-breaking fifth Ballon d'Or after inspiring Barcelona to a historic treble last season.

The Catalan club are well on their way to repeating that trick this season, but Messi is no longer leading the charge on his own. The Argentinian international is being more-than-ably supported by Neymar and Luis Suarez, who played key roles last season - and both have scored more goals in La Liga (17 and 24 respectively) than Messi himself (15) this term.

At 28-years-old, Messi still has plenty of time left at the top to cement his legacy as the greatest player of all time, but Ronaldo - who inspired Brazil to World Cup glory in 2002 - believes the time will come when he'll have to pass the torch on to Neymar.

"I like Neymar a lot. He is a bit like me," the former Real Madrid and Barcelona striker said. "Can he be Messi's heir? Yes, he has everything he needs to become as strong as him."

Ronaldo, who won two World Cups as well as a La Liga title with Real Madrid, also spoke about the man in charge of his former club - Zinedine Zidane.

The former France international was named as Rafa Benitez's replacement at the Bernabeu, and is unbeaten in his last ten games in charge.

However, Los Blancos are still struggling to keep pace with Barcelona in La Liga, and sit seven points behind Luis Enrique's side in third place - with rivals Atletico Madrid also ahead of them.


"Everybody knows that Zizou is a great friend," he said. "I really hope that he will have a great career as a coach too. He's the best player with whom I have ever played with. We had a lot of fun on the pitch."

"Could this be Real Madrid's year? Yes, they must focus on the Champions League, they have everything to succeed," he insisted. "Winning at Roma was very important for Zidane."

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