Lucas Moura: Don't compare me to Neymar

The Brazil international insists he cannot be judged alongside his superstar compatriot and revealed Leonardo was key to his move to France last season
Paris Saint-Germain attacker Lucas Moura has played down comparisons with Brazil team-mate and Barcelona star Neymar.

The 20-year-old has established himself alongside Neymar in the senior Selecao side having previously played alongside him at youth level, but the former Sao Paulo youngster insists he does not wish to be compared with the €57 million man.

He told ESPN's Bola de Vez: "There’s no way to follow his [Neymar's] rhythm. It’s difficult to compare when the teams and the moments are different. He has always been an example and a good friend, but I try write my own history."

Lucas Moura was part of the Brazil side that lifted the Confederations Cup in June, although he admits his lack of playing time during the tournament was frustrating.

"Nobody likes it, but we have to understand and respect the coach and team-mates. At that moment, the squad was very united," he said.

The winger moved to PSG in the January transfer window last season for a €35m fee, and he admits the efforts of now-departed sporting director Leonardo were pivotal in tempting him to the French capital, with the likes of Manchester United also vying for his signature at the time.

 “Leo was the key for me to make the move," he explained. "He used to make phone calls, telling me the club wanted to sign me.

“PSG had the better offer, a wonderful project and a great vision."