Former Brazilian defender Cafu has insisted that his countryman Neymar is technically better than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Neymar was once considered a major successor to Messi and Ronaldo but is yet to reach the expected potential.
Many football lovers thought that Neymar would also dominate the Ballon d’Or awards. He was supposedly overshadowed by Messi in his time at Barcelona and opted for a move to Paris Saint-Germain where he could be the main man. However, a certain Kylian Mbappe hasn’t made it easy for the Brazilian, and Messi has also moved to PSG.
Meanwhile, Neymar joined PSG in a deal worth $254 million and still holds the record for the most expensive soccer player in history.
The Brazilian has scored 265 goals and made 166 assists in 447 competitive games since 2009 and is considered as one of the modern-day footballing greats and needs to take up more responsibility in leading the sides as stated by Cafu.
“Neymar is technically better than Messi, better than Cristiano Ronaldo, but he must assume the responsibility of a leader. One must dedicate themselves 100 percent to football, I’m not better than Neymar, but I am better than other right-backs because I dedicated myself to that. He [Neymar] has to become a captain,”
Cafu explained in a chat with the MARCA Sports Weekend event in Seville.
It can be recalled that Cafu captained Brazil to success in the 2002 FIFA World Cup title. According to him, he could have formed a great partnership with Roberto Carlos at Real Madrid.
“I had the opportunity to play for Real Madrid in 1992 when Sao Paulo played for its first world title. They came after me, they talked to me and the club, but Sao Paulo didn’t release me because they wanted me to play in the Intercontinental Cup. There was a pre-agreement between Real Madrid and Sao Paulo for Vitor to go to Madrid and then return and for me to go to Madrid, but Sao Paulo had the Copa Libertadores and the World Championship, they wouldn’t let me leave anymore,” added Cafu.
Neymar is yet to win a major trophy with the Brazil national team but has won several laurels at club level including the UEFA Champions League with Barcelona, alongside two La Liga titles, and three French League titles with PSG.