Pele: Neymar is more technically gifted than CR7 and Messi
Edson Arantes do Narscimento, popularly known as Pele has said that Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar were the only superstars of football but the later was more technically gifted than the other two.
The 77-year-old, three-time World Cup winner discussing the chances of his country ahead of the World Cup in an interview with FIFA said Neymar, who he described as the ‘most technically gifted footballer’, would be Brazil key at the World Cup.
While Banking on Neymar’s talents, the football icon warned that Brazil must be well organised to make a statement at the World Cup.
“Neymar has changed the way he plays with the national team,” Pele said. “He has had to. At his club side, he was playing as a left-sided attacker, whereas for Brazil, he plays more centrally, as a more traditional No10.
“That’s hard, but he’s managed to adapt his game. If you look around the world, the ones who stand out are Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar. There are no other superstars.
“The important thing is for the national team to be well organised as a group because they no longer have three or four top players for each position. The same is true of Germany, whose emphasis is more on the collective. Before, it was individuals who mattered most, but it’s changed a lot. It’s all very similar these days.
“He’s ready, yes. He might find that the tactical switch from his club to the national team isn’t straightforward, but Neymar is Brazil’s key player. He has to prepare himself for that. And I would go further: for me, technically, he is already the best player in the world. I’m absolutely sure of that.”
The football legend had no doubt over the talents of the Brazilian players, but said the Brazilians playing in different leagues would always be a problem for the coaching crew.
“Brazil always have a team capable of winning the World Cup. However, we’ve come unstuck at recent tournaments because of our preparation time. The majority of Brazil’s players are based abroad. It was very different back in our day.
“We had a lot more time. It makes life very hard for the coaching staff, as it’s difficult to build a team. Things have changed, it’s not as easy as saying ‘this will be our team’. But individually speaking, I have no doubt that the best players in the world are Brazilian,” Pele added.