Beckham Explains Why Messi & CR7 Must Watch Out For Neymar
David Beckham Explains Why Lionel Messi & Cristiano Ronaldo Must Watch Out For Neymar
Former Manchester United and Real Madrid superstar David Beckham has explained why Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo need to watch out for Neymar.
The 41-year-old believes the Brazilian can dethrone Messi and Ronaldo from their seats at the top of world football, with the pair having shared the main individual awards between them over the past nine years.
"It's been clear ever since he signed for Brazilian team Santos at 17 that Neymar is an outstanding talent, a once-in-a-generation type of footballer who has fans on their feet whenever he gets the ball," Beckham wrote in an article for Time magazine, which named Neymar as the only footballer among the 100 most influential people in the world.
"I've always been struck by his humility. He's respectful and wants to learn, which he proved when he arrived at Barcelona in 2013 to play alongside some of the game's biggest stars.
"I suspect the recent Champions League game against Paris Saint-Germain, when Neymar helped his team to an unforgettable 6-1 win, will be remembered as the moment he stepped up to take on the mantle of best player in the world.
"Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have a new rival to that claim – and Neymar is ready to make his move."
Messi has won the Ballon d'Or/FIFA Best Player award five times, while Ronaldo has lifted the coveted individual trophies on four occasions. Neymar made the podium for the 2016 version, but finished behind the two superstars in third place.
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