Neymar already better than Ronaldo claims Tostao

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Being the poster boy of a nation, who pin their hopes of success at a major tournament largely on your shoulders can be a tough burden to bear, just ask Lionel Messi.

Neymar has a similar weight of responsibility for Brazil but appears to take everything in his stride for both club and country.

The Barcelona star has a super record of 49 goals from 73 caps at international level and at the age of 24, looks well set to become his nation's all-time leading goalscorer by the time he retires from the game.

Ronaldo, Romario and of course, Pele are all who stand between Neymar and history, however, one Brazilian legend of the sport believes the forward is already better than two of his predecessors.

Eduardo Gonçalves de Andrade, better known as Tostao, played for the Selecao in the late 1960s, scoring 32 times. He has hailed Neymar's ability and backed his countryman to become Brazil's best player since Pele.

"Neymar is already better than Romario and Ronaldo, more complete. He has it all," Tostao told El Pais, as per Goal.

"I do not know whether he will become the best player in the world, but there is no doubt about it that he is a phenomenon and a spectacular player. He has all the skills an attacker needs to have.

"He shoots well, is intelligent, passes well, draws fouls and is very fast. He might not be there just yet, but he can become Brazil's greatest ever since Pele."

The Ballon d'Or is still a debate that splits opinion and while Neymar has been touted as a future winner of the award, Tostao believes he still has a way to go to become the world's best.

Tostao added: "He is not the best in the world right now because of the presence of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. But he is better than others who were the best in the world in their days, like Rivaldo, Kaka and Luis Figo.

"Of course, he still has room for improvement, but his figures are impressive."

No pressure then Neymar. You've just got to try and emulate arguably the greatest player to ever grace the game as well as enjoy success at both domestic and international level. Piece of cake.

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