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Pele backs Neymar to become world´s best

1 August 2013 13:12

Brazil legend Pele has backed compatriot Neymar to establish himself as the best player in the world.

Neymar left Pele's former club Santos in May to join Spanish champions Barcelona in a deal believed to be in the region of €57million.

He arrived in a league already boasting an array of superstars - including three-time Ballon d'Or winner and new team-mate Lionel Messi, while arch-rivals Real Madrid have their own icon in the shape of Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 21-year-old will likely compete with Messi and Ronaldo for the headlines in La Liga next season, as he begins the latest chapter of his career.

However, Pele, who won three FIFA World Cup crowns with Brazil in his own illustrious career, believes that the youngster has the potential to outshine both of them.

Speaking at a promotional event in New York, Pele said: "People like to make the comparison with Messi, but Messi has had years of experience.

"Cristiano Ronaldo also - an attacker who creates more goals - but for the future I think Neymar will be the best."

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