Quotes on: Neymar

“The 18-year-old is a magnificent prospect. He is sleek and skilful, able to beat the defender on either side, capable of combining well, and full of tricks he can put to productive use in and around the penalty area.”
– Tim Vickery
(South American correspondent for BBC, 2014)

“One of the best young players [ . . . ] He will contribute a lot, he’s a player with outstanding talent and quality. He can unsettle opponents, score goals and give spectacular performances at a club which is ideal to continue growing.”
Andres Iniesta
(when Neymar joined Barcelona)

“(Neymar) is the most supportive player I have seen since the day he arrived. He has known exactly how to play it, while knowing that Leo is the protagonist; and when Messi hasn’t been around, he has taken the reins of the team and played even better. In one-on-ones, there is no one like him – he’s the best in the world at that.”
– Gerard Pique

“His evolution has been startling. He’ll turn into the player he wants to be because he’s got all of the ingredients to do so. He’s an amazing player, and if he fits in well with the other great players in the team then everything will work out well for us.”
– Dani Alves

“Neymar is a true phenomenon.”
– Dani Alves

“I think that with his quality and fitness, Neymar will become the best in the world.”
Lionel Messi

“He hasn’t just shown his quality but he has showed it in the big games like against Real Madrid – and that is where the big players really prove themselves. I think any questions that were asked of Neymar have been very clearly answered. There were many people asking how he would adapt to European football – but I think we have seen very clearly how he has adapted. He is a great player, has a very good attitude, and will go on to be the best player in the world.”
Xavi (2013)

“Neymar’s happiness blows me away. The guy plays without any pressure.”
– Xavi

“Today, Neymar is number two [in the world], he’s behind Leo but he will keep learning from him, because he’s a great reference. But with every game, Neymar is doing different things, every time more difficult to pull off. Anytime soon he will be number one in the world. It is admirable the happiness he has, and his humility.”
Luis Suarez

“He was a talent, still, talent alone is not enough – a lot of big players have talent – but really maximising that talent, working every day, mentally working [on] that talent every day, that is hard. It’s not easy and you see he’s maintained that and he’s stayed focused and now you see he is up there [but] he’s still not on that level of those two [Messi and Ronaldo].”
– Edgar Davids

“It’s about time for Neymar to take his place as the best in the world.”
Ronaldo (2014)

“Neymar is young though, and I can’t explain how special he will become. In the next two or three seasons he will become the best player.”
Ronaldinho (2013)

“His rise has not surprised me at all. Even when he was a kid his ability was obvious. At the age he is, I still have every belief he can go on to get better and better. Now he has reached the level of the best in the world, he can stay there for five or six years, comfortably.”
– Ronaldinho

“Without doubt, Neymar is already my heir. He is performing in that role and he has been for many years. He is a great player and he will be the face of Brazil for plenty of seasons to come.”
– Ronaldinho

“Neymar is a phenomenon. It’s nice to see a Brazilian continuing to make history and I think he can be the greatest in the world.”
– Ronaldinho

“When I am asked about Messi and Cristiano I say that Neymar is the best for me. It is not just for his goals, but for the ease with which he plays and the confidence he has. Neymar is going to have a Ballon d’Or in one or two years because he is going to deserve it.”
– Roberto Carlos

“I think because of his age, though he still has others to topple, Neymar will become top goalscorer in Brazil’s history, surpassing Pele. It wouldn’t hurt if Neymar leapfrogged me in the list. I left my mark on history and now it’s his turn.”
– Romario

“Neymar is one of the best strikers in the world, playing in football’s best club team. He scores goals, he makes assists, he gets past players, he produces magic when he gets the ball. I could continue to compliment him because Neymar has lived up to the hype. Other Brazilians who’ve gone to Europe haven’t always settled so quickly. Neymar has. [ . . . ] He’s going to get better and I suspect he’ll be the best in the world in a few years.”
– Diego Forlan

“Neymar has a lot of potential. After the era of Messi and Cristiano, surely he will be No. 1.”
– Samuel Eto’o

“Neymar has his qualities. He is still a young player but he is going to explode one day. He is very quick, he is a goalscorer, he’s got all the qualities you want in an attacking player.”
– Ronald Koeman

“Neymar has reached a point of maturity. What he’s doing now puts him on a level with the two footballers we consider above the rest.”
– Tata Martino

“I like Neymar a lot. Many of his individual actions result in a goal and often it’s a move that only seems to be happening with him on the pitch.”
– Jorge Valdano (2013)

“Within three years we will see him on the stage lifting the trophy and doing a handstand. Neymar is increasingly dominating every year. The first season he was just a servant of Messi, but in second he turned into his partner and now he has all the liberties because he feels like he’s the best. He projects the image of someone who is happy and on the pitch he prolongs this state of bliss. His football is enjoyed. It is artistic, because he can join his superior technique with his playful imagination. It is something original, beautiful and effective.”
– Jorge Valdano

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