- Neymar is one of the most talented footballers in the world considering his skills
- Brazilian legend Ribeiro has claimed that his countryman is the best player in the world
- He added that the PSG superstar is ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo
Former Brazilian international Caio Ribeiro has stated that fellow countryman and PSG star Neymar is the best player in the world at the moment, ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
He believes Neymar has faced several criticisms throughout his career but has now risen to the top of his game.
Neymar came to limelight during his stint with local club Santos and made a blockbuster switch to Spanish club Barcelona where he stunned the world.
He thrived alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez at Camp Nou, finishing third in the 2015 Ballon d’Or vote.
Ribeiro believes he is already there, with the former Santos, Sao Paulo and Gremio forward telling Panico Jovem Pan via GOAL:
“Even if he (Neymar) has behaviour that we don’t agree with, I think he is an ace, currently the best player in the world.
“He plays more balls than Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi.”
Neymar is considered to have retained that individualist spirit that many players in the modern game lack, but his lifestyle could be affecting his shine.
New PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino has however stated that he is open to allowing the player who is currently injured attend Rafaella his sister's birthday party.
The Argentine boss said he is willing to negotiate a leave of absence for the 28-year-old to hang out with his family.
Neymar has had a history of missed matches in his career with Barcelona and PSG because of Rafaella's birthday every March 11.
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He missed a La Liga defeat to Deportivo La Caruna four days after helping Barca beat PSG 6-1 in the Champions League in 2017 due to muscle pain.
During the 2015 and 2016 campaigns, Neymar suffered suspensions as fans began to notice the stunning coincidence and in 2019 the former Santos star was absent for a fifth year running.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Lionel Messi announced his return to Barcelona line-up with a stunning goal in their 2-1 Copa Del Rey triumph over Rayo Vallecano.
Fran Garcia opened the scoring for the home team in the 63rd minute but a quick response from the Argentine six minutes later gave the Catalans a lifeline in the game.
And barely 10 minutes before the final whistle, Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong powered the Nou Camp outfit to victory.