Scolari: Neymar not too young to be Brazil's star player

The recently reappointed national team coach thinks the attacker's inexperience is not necessarily a problem and says he can flourish in the same way as Pele and Ronaldo
Felipe Scolari says it is not a problem that Santos sensation Neymar is Brazil's biggest star at the tender age of 20.

The forward has developed into one of the Selecao's key men since making his debut in August 2010, but has little experience at the highest level.

However, Scolari is not too worried about Neymar's youthfulness and lack of experience.

"I don’t see anything wrong with the fact that Neymar is our biggest star at the age of 20. Ronaldo used to be one of the leading figures in A Selecao, and he shone for Brazil when he was only 19 or 20," Scolari was quoted as saying on the FIFA website.

He added, "Pele too was only 17, and though he wasn’t a big name at the time he became one during that World Cup [in 1958].

Scolari insists that the key thing for Neymar is his maturity. If he maintains his focus, he will be a standout for Brazil, claims Scolari.

"At the end of the day, it’s not a problem. Of course you need to have a lot of character and be very level-headed.

"What’s more, the young lad could be an icon in technical terms, but that doesn’t mean he has to be a leader within the squad too."

Neymar has made 27 international appearances for Brazil to date.

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