Rio de Janeiro, Nov 12 (IANS) Brazilian football legend Ronaldinho believes striker Neymar has all the necessary qualities to become the greatest player in the world.

The 23-year-old has been in fine form for his Spanish club FC Barcelona this season, scoring 13 goals in his 14 appearances – including 10 in his last seven outings.

“Neymar is a phenomenon. He is the best Brazilian player in the world at the moment – it’s great to see him continue everything we have done before,” Ronaldinho was quoted as saying by FC Barcelona’s official website on Wednesday.


“It’s nice to see a Brazilian continuing to make history. I think he can (be the greatest in the world). He’s a great player, a great friend and I hope everything goes well for him,” he said.

When asked if Argentina skipper Lionel Messi’s rise had been more spectacular than he’d imagined a decade ago, the 35-year-old said, “Surprised? No, I expected he would be all this. He’s always shown a lot of quality, so it’s nice to see how he does as the years go by, all the time with more years, more maturity, that’s the nice thing about football.”

“What I remember best is his first goal. He was playing alongside me, I gave him the pass, I remember it was our best moment playing together, a special moment,” Ronaldinho said.

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