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Neymar admires Messi and Ronaldo

29 March 2012 16:21

Santos star Neymar says he would be happy to learn from both Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

Neymar, 20, is reportedly a target for both Real and Barca, despite extending his Santos contract until 2014.

When questioned on which of the world's top two players he looks up to, Neymar offered a diplomatic response.

"I have both Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as my idols," he told Globoesporte.

"If I can take a little of each player's game and make it my own, I would be very happy."

One particular aspect of Neymar's game which has invited comparisons with Ronaldo is his style of taking free-kicks, but the Brazil international said it was merely a coincidence.

"There are players that try to imitate others, but at free-kick time it is a personal thing," he said.

"Every person has their own technique and routine when they stand over the ball and I have mine, I am not trying to copy anyone."

Neymar was crowned South American Footballer of the Year at the end of 2011 after lifting the Paulista Championship and the Copa Libertadores with Santos.

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