Brazil legend Pele: Barcelona and Real Madrid target Neymar needs to be stronger if he wants to play in Europe

The 19-year-old is regarded as one of the brightest prospects in world football and has been linked with a move to Spain, but his slight build may hinder his performances
Brazil legend Pele has praised his countryman Neymar, but stated that if the 19-year-old wants to play in Europe he must work on the physical side of his game.

The Santos striker has become a worldwide sensation after excellent performances for club and country have thrust him into the limelight over the last year.

Both Barcelona and Real Madrid, amongst others, are keen to add the Sao Paulo-born attacker to their ranks, with the forward's father calling for a decision regarding his son's future to be made soon.

Despite this, and the apparent ability of the 2011 Copa Libertadores winner, Pele believes the physicality of the game in Europe could take some getting used to.

"I spoke with Neymar's father of my concern over the physicality [of the game in Europe]. The problem is just physical. He is one of the best players that has appeared in recent times," the 70-year-old told Revista Alfa.

The teenager's slight build may work against him if he does move to La Liga, and Pele also stated that intense physical training would be needed to compete in a more challenging environment.

Neymar's Santos are set to take on Barcelona in the Fifa Club World Cup in Japan in December.