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'Ronaldo Is World's Best, Neymar Could Match Him If...'

Cristiano Ronaldo has received new backing in the longstanding debate as to who, between him and Lionel Messi, is the world's best player, while it has also been claimed that Neymar could reach the two superstars' level on one condition.

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The 34-year-old was recently praised by his countryman and former Sporting Lisbon manager Jorge Jesus, who is currently in charge of Brazilian side Flamengo.

"In my view, Cristiano is the best and I have no doubt about that affirmation," the coach told Globo Esporte, as cited by AS

"He epitomises what the game is about. He doesn't just score 10 or 20 goals but bangs in 30, 40 or even 50. Messi is a different type of player and at present in the world, they are the best."

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Jesus also discussed his personal footballing idol, before explaining what Neymar needs to do to claim his place among football's biggest stars.

"I never got to see the likes of Pele, Ferenc Puskas or Garrincha play, but have been fortunate enough to see the likes of Diego Maradona, Messi and Cristiano," he added.

"Who is the best? It's a tricky one, Maradona was excellent but my idol was always (Johan) Cruyff.

"Messi is a great talent as was Ronaldinho... Neymar could be one of the all-time greats if he had Cristiano's mentality."

Read: 10 Times Ronaldo Silenced Messi Chants

After missing out on the first four Ligue 1 games of the season due the uncertainty around his future at Paris Saint-Germain, Neymar could return to club action on Saturday, when PSG host Lebo Mothiba's Strasbourg.

Do you think Neymar can reach Ronaldo and Messi's level on a consistent basis? Have your say in the comments section below.

 

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