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Pele: Neymar Needed To Step Out Of Messi's Shadow

Pele: Neymar Needed To Step Out Of Lionel Messi's Shadow

By Keegan Kruger - Sep 05, 2017 05:30 PM @KeeganKruger

Brazil legend Pele has backed Neymar's controversial move to Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain, saying the player needed to step out of Lionel Messi's shadow.

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The 25-year-old became the most expensive footballer ever after the French outfit activated his €222 million (R3.4 billion) release clause to sign him.

Pele has now insisted that the move was a good career choice, and hopes to see the Selecao star play with freedom in Paris.

"At the moment, the best player in Brazil is Neymar, and I think the move for him was very good because there was huge competition with Messi at Barcelona," Pele told Marca.

"I think it's a good opportunity for him, and he needed to move because now he can play and show what he's capable of, but it's also very dangerous when you get given that responsibility."

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Neymar has hit the ground running at PSG – he has netted three goals and assisted a further three strikes in three appearances for his new club.

Do you think Neymar's move to Ligue 1 will see him flourish more than he did in Spain? Have your say in the comments section below.


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jdwalesele Joined: 10 May 2017
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jdwalesele Sep 07, 2017 06:44 AM
Main man @PSG,he left the frustration in Camp Nou,,,haahaa
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MR E Joined: 17 Apr 2012
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MR E Sep 06, 2017 09:00 PM
Neymar has never played under messi shadow
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jinks Sep 06, 2017 03:00 PM
the combination of neymer and mbappe will cause problems for teams.
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MrBlack wa le chochocho Sep 06, 2017 01:52 PM
so moving away from competition makes one great huh?
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Warras4khosi Sep 06, 2017 08:05 AM
@RealChealseaChiefs exactly my point there is nothing will hinder PSG from producing more performance in Neymar, Dani and Mpappe present come UCL games.
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RealChelseaChiefs Sep 05, 2017 09:02 PM
@Warras4khosi Neymar happened with 2goals n a last second assist to close it off after a marvellous performance
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Warras4khosi Sep 05, 2017 08:56 PM
PSG last season had a chance to advance but they blew it.
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musa005 Joined: 19 Jun 2017
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musa005 Sep 05, 2017 08:26 PM
Winning the ligue with PSG won't count for anything, only the UCL will mark his authority
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TrueLegend Sep 05, 2017 08:26 PM
That won't happen cowditor
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Junior11 Sep 05, 2017 06:48 PM
Psg main man neymar da silva santos junior
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Myaka weliPhefeni Sep 05, 2017 06:04 PM
Lool so many pple was fooling him in Brazil that why he run away of Barcelona,we wayting to see his gonna lift PSG to win UEFA
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Tenny90 Sep 05, 2017 05:49 PM
He is number 1 in Brazil but not in Barcelona at least he admit that with Messi still in Barcelona we wont see how gud he is that is why he went to PSG to be the Main Man
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Tenny90 Sep 05, 2017 05:43 PM
He was always in the first XI so How cum does he compete with Messi? it means Neymar never liked Messi's God given talent

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