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Neymar wastes no time when asked to pick between himself or Lionel Messi in naming world’s best player


Neymar may be one of the world’s best players – but even he admits Lionel Messi is in a class of his own.

The 32-year-old is close friends with the 2022 World Cup winner having played alongside him at Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.

Neymar and Messi have won trophies together in France and SpainCredit: Getty

The duo won the Champions League together with the Blaugrana in 2015, along with two LaLiga titles and three Copa del Reys.

Their incredible partnership continued in France, where they scooped back-to-back Ligue 1 titles before both departed Parc des Princes in 2023.

And in a game of rapid-fire questions to determine the world’s greatest player of the 21st century, there was only one man who topped Neymar’s list.

In a video that has gone viral on social media, Neymar was asked for his opinion on some of the game’s best players.

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The list included world class talents such as Kylian Mbappe, Thierry Henry, Arjen Robben, Luis Figo, Franck Ribery and Kevin De Bruyne.

After Mbappe lost out to Ronaldinho, Cristiano Ronaldo was then given the nod over the Brazilian trickster.

Messi was next up, with Neymar instantly selecting the eight-time Ballon d’Or winner.

Then came the finale – Messi vs Neymar – with the Al Hilal forward not hesitating in naming the Argentina skipper as the greatest.

Neymar was quick to go for Messi over Ronaldo in the rapid-fire game
He then named Messi ahead of himself with the Barcelona legend coming out on top

While Neymar may not consider himself to be the the world’s best, Arsenal and England star Bukayo Saka believes he is the most underrated player in history.

Speaking to talkSPORT’s England correspondent Faye Carruthers from the Three Lions’ Euro 2024 camp in Germany, the winger lauded Kyle Walker as well as admitting he is using Anthony Joshua’s comments as motivation.

Footage shows Neymar screaming in agony during brutal recovery session in Saudi Arabia

And he also waxed lyrical over Neymar when asked who is the most underrated player in existence.

He stated: “I’ve got to say Neymar.

“I think people talk about it, but I think he should be talked about more.

“I think he deserves more respect than he gets. Personally, that’s what I feel.”



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