The Santos star's goal secured the win on Wednesday evening in Belem, but the youngster revealed his admiration for his fierce rivals after the match
The Santos prodigy hit the second effort in a 2-0 triumph in Belem, bundling in from close-range after Sao Paulo teenager Lucas had opened the scoring. The victory was a deserved one for the home team, who had the best of proceedings throughout the game before pulling away in the second half.
After the final whistle, Neymar was quick to praise the side's South American rivals.
"They have a great team," the 19-year-old Real Madrid target told reporters at the end of the match.
Neymar swapped shirts with Cruzeiro's Argentine playmaker Walter Montillo at half time, and showed his appreciation for the debutant by affirming: "He is a brilliant player, a star."
Another Argentine star was also in Neymar's sights. Speculation may link him to Madrid, but the youngster could not hide his admiration for Messi.
"You cannot compare Messi with anyone. It is his dribbling which is so close and so neat, nobody else can do this," he admitted.
"Only a genius can do the things he does. I try them, but..."
Neymar will be back in action for Santos when the club visit Fluminense on Saturday.