Santos’ Neymar: Barcelona's Lionel Messi is the best player in the world

The Brazil international has set his sights on playing in European football's premier club competition and added his belief that Messi is currently untouchable
Talented starlet Neymar has revealed his opinion that Lionel Messi is the best player in the world, and added that he dreams of playing Champions League football one day.

The 19-year-old Brazil international is continually being linked with sides such as Chelsea, Juventus and Real Madrid, with the latter allegedly launching a €41m bid for the player, but he is not expected to make a decision on his future until after the Copa America in July.

In an interview with AS, Neymar discussed his favourite clubs and also spoke about the rivalry between Barcelona’s Messi and Real Madrid ace Cristiano Ronaldo.

He endorsed the Argentine as the finest talent in the game at this current time, stating: “Real Madrid and Barcelona are my favourite European teams. I really like those two teams.

“I like both Messi and Ronaldo, but at this moment, Messi is without doubt the best player in the world. However, Cristiano is a great player as well. He is a very complete attacker.”

The attacker also admitted that a move to European football does not hold any trepidation for him, continuing: “I have no fear of anything, so I am not afraid to move to Europe. I am not learning Spanish, because I already understand most of it. I am learning English, though.

“All players in the world dream of playing in the Champions League and so do I. It would be a privilege to play in this competition and I hope to do just that at some point.”

Neymar’s focus will lie on the second-leg of the Copa Libertadores for now; Santos drew the first match against Penarol 0-0, and will be keen to decide the tie at home on Wednesday.

The prodigious star is looking forward to the encounter, concluding: “I am very happy at the moment. Not just for myself, but for everybody at the club. The road to the final was very long and we have 90 minutes left where everything can happen. I am very focused and will do my utmost to get the best possible result.”

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