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'Neymar Has The Potential To Be Dominant But...'

Spain boss Luis Enrique, who enjoyed great success at the helm of FC Barcelona, has commented on the likelihood of Neymar reaching the level of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in being considered the world's best footballer.

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La Furia Roja's manager enjoyed a trophy-laden stint with the Blaugrana, guiding them to a UEFA Champions League title, a FIFA Club World Cup, a UEFA Super Cup, a Spanish Super Cup, two LaLiga titles and three Copa del Reys in his three-year spell in charge.

Having witnessed first-hand the talent the world's most expensive player, Neymar, has, Enrique was asked recently if he thinks the Paris Saint-Germain star could go on to become the world's best player.

"He has the potential to be a dominant player," Enrique told Marca.

"Time will tell, and I'm not certain that he will be, but he's a winner on the pitch."

The 48-year-old tactician, who won the treble in his first season in charge of Barcelona and the double in his second, also spoke about the differences between coaching a club side and a national team. 

"I don't miss the day-to-day work," Enrique admitted.

"We work intensely. I want to have time to do other things. There are a thousand things that I like."

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Enrique then commented on how he wants Spain to play their football, and had a mention for Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola too.

"I focus more on the titles than how they are won," he added.

"We're focused on playing the best football possible. I like direct, attacking football and attacking is how you find your identity.

"To not value Pep Guardiola's Barcelona would be cynical and blind – it was a work of art.

"I want to win, but I'm convinced that we win if we play well by attacking and defending as a collective."

Read: Guardiola Breaks Silence On Links With Juventus

Since taking over the national team reins from interim boss Fernando Hierro in July 2018, Enrique has taken charge of six games for Spain, securing four victories and losing to Croatia and England in the group stage of the UEFA Nations League.

Do you agree with Enrique? Do you think Neymar can reach Messi and Ronaldo's level in world football? Have your say in the comments section below. 

 

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