That is, 150 in appearances for Barcelona. In 150 matches for Barcelona the young Brazilian has scored 90 times. Signed from Santos only three years ago, Neymar has solidified himself as one of the key parts of Barcelona’s famous trident for his ability to make plays well beyond his years.
Ivan Rakitic speaking with Espn FC, says that Neymar is poised to take the throne as greatest player in the world after Lionel Messi.
“Of course I like Cristiano [Ronaldo], he’s a big player, and there are maybe 10 players really special and I respect them and I say to all of them, ‘Congratulations,’ but if we speak about the best, it is Leo Messi.”
“Neymar is on the way to be the next best. Barca will do the best thing to sign a new contract with him and maybe they can put a buyout clause as high as possible, because he will be the next Messi for sure.”
“He’s scored [nearly] 300 goals and he’s only 24. He’s really special.”
Critics have commented on the young superstar’s brash and over-the-top style of play, making moves that should only really happen in video games part of his everyday repertoire. But the 23 year old has no signs of changing his game, he prides himself on his ‘old pro’ way of playing, confidently and creatively.
The way it looks, he’ll only grow more into it.