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The Brazilian youngster has voiced his admiration of the legendary striker but added that it will be tough to emulate his achievements

Santos star Neymar has revealed his ambition to succeed retired striker Ronaldo as a Brazilian icon, but has admitted that it will not be easy to emulate the former Real Madrid frontman.

Ronaldo retired from professional football earlier this year, and Neymar has been earmarked as the nation's next superstar. The 19-year-old is currently one of the rising stars of the footballing world and is continually linked with a move to Madrid, as well as Premier League side Chelsea.

"He [Ronaldo] is my idol and is an absolute genius. He is held in very high regard in Brazil and it will be very difficult to follow in his footsteps," Neymar was quoted as saying by O Globo.

"I still remember how I wore the same hair style as him when I was a 10-year-old."

Ronaldo recently had words of praise for the emerging youngster, stating that he would have extended his career on the pitch, had he had the chance to play alongside the talented attacker.

The two-time Ballon d'Or winner remarked: "Thinking outside the box, if I was lucky enough to play with Neymar and Robinho as my attacking partners, I would not have stopped so early."

Neymar will compete in the Copa Libertadores final against Uruguayan side Penarol, with the first-leg taking place in Montevideo on Wednesday evening.

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