Barcelona star Neymar can topple Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the best in the world, says Real Madrid great Roberto Carlos.
Roberto Carlos has tipped Barcelona and Brazil superstar Neymar to be the world’s best player in the next two to three years.
Neymar’s Barca team-mate Lionel Messi and Real
Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo are widely considered
to have been the two best talents on the planet, with
no other playing winning the Ballon d’Or award
during the last seven years.
But former Brazil star Carlos, who represented
Barca’s rivals Madrid for 11 years between 1996 and
2007 during a distinguished career, believes his
compatriot has the talent to break that mould in the
“To say that I prefer Neymar is to change those ideas
that only Messi or Cristiano can be the best soccer
player in the world,” Carlos told Onda Cero.
“Neymar is a great player and a friend who I have
seen grow. I hope the people of Madrid do not get
angry at me. Within two to three years Neymar will
be number one in the world.”
Since hanging up his boots, Carlos has turned his
hand to coaching and has had spells in charge of Anzhi Makhachkala, Sivasspor and Akhisar Belediyespor, on an interim basis at the former club.
He is now head coach of Delhi Dynamos in the Indian Super League.
But the 42-year-old has loftier ambitions and is
dreaming of one day returning to Estadio Santiago
“I am working and learning here in order to come
back as Real Madrid boss or head coach with Brazil,
where I played for 17 years,” he said.
“I think the doors to both are open to me. If the time
ever comes for me to return to Real Madrid, I’ll do it
Current Madrid coach Rafael Benitez has led the
team to the top of La Liga after 10 matches, with the
club unbeaten in the top flight.
However, the former Liverpool boss has been the
subject of criticism over what has been perceived to
be an overly cautious approach.
Carlos, though, was in no mood to join in with the criticism, saying: “I’d never criticise a coach of Benitez’s calibre. If he’s at Real Madrid, he must bring something to the table.”
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