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Sky's the limit for Neymar – Dunga

Brazil coach Dunga says he believes Neymar will continue to develop as a player, claiming that the sky’s the limit for the 23-year-old.

The Barcelona forward was immediately handed the captain's armband in what was Dunga’s first major decision after taking over from Luiz Felipe Scolari in July of 2014.

Neymar has repaid his coach’s faith with seven of Brazil’s 14 goals under his watch, and 1994 World Cup-winning captain Dunga says that his skipper can achieve anything he wants in the game.

“I have chosen [Neymar] as captain to present him with yet another challenge,” Dunga told France Football

“He is a player that will still grow a lot. He has no limit to that growth and we have no way to measure how far he can actually go.

“He needs to keep working collectively, as do all the players. The team will be more efficient and will be at ease if he does that.”

The Selecao boss went on to discuss similarities between Neymar and former Brazil great Romario, who scored 55 goals for his country – Neymar already has 42.

“It is difficult to compare them,” Dunga said. 

“Romario was more prolific. But Neymar is creates and finishes. Earlier in his career, Neymar liked to dribble a lot. Today, he still dribbles but also scores goals.”

With Brazil set to meet France in Paris on Thursday, Dunga was also asked for his thoughts on the 1998 World Cup final between the sides in Saint Denis.

Dunga was the Selecao's captain at the tournament, while current France boss Didier Deschamps wore the armband for Les Bleus and lifted France’s first World Cup.

Brazil were doubt a hammer blow prior to the final, which France would win 3-1, when Ronaldo suffered a seizure just hours before kick-off. The striker was rushed straight to the stadium after being given the all-clear by doctors, but failed to reach remarkable level he had set for himself in the previous rounds.

“Let's say that the game would be more balanced [if Ronaldo hadn’t had the problem],” he said. 

“But France were playing at home and they grew during the tournament. They had players with experience and other who were fresh. They had a similar profile to our team in 1994.”