Neymar: Lionel Messi is better than me

Neymar
© PA Photos
Brazilian forward Neymar believes that comparisons between him and Lionel Messi are useless, claiming that the Argentinian is the best in the world.

Brazilian forward Neymar has rejected comparisons between himself and Barcelona's Lionel Messi, insisting that the Argentinian is the best player in the world.

Neymar, 20, has drawn comparisons with the three-time Ballon d'Or winner after a string of sensational performances for Santos, including netting a hat-trick just three days after Messi hit five past Bayer Leverkusen.

However, Neymar has echoed Xavi's thoughts that Messi is currently incomparable.

"Messi is above everyone, there is no use comparing me with him," said the young striker.

"He is the best player in the world and I always get inspired when I watch good football. Everyone thinks, if he can do it, so can I - but it's very difficult to do what Messi does.

"We saw Barcelona win with seven goals and Santos tried to do something similar, but we don't have Messi."

Neymar has scored 90 goals in 168 games for Santos, and won the 2011 FIFA Puskas Award for scoring the best goal of last year.

Related Video
Premier League
Championship
Club World Cup
League One
League Two
Conference Premier
Scottish Premiership
Scottish Championship
Scottish League One
Scottish League Two
La Liga
Serie A
Bundesliga
Ligue 1
Eredivisie
Club World Cup
A-League
Tables
TeamPGDPTS
1Real Madrid154239
2Barcelona163438
3Atletico Madrid151432
4Valencia161631
5Sevilla15830
6Villarreal151027
7Malaga15427
8Celta Vigo16-120
9Eibar16-320
10Espanyol16-420
11Athletic Bilbao15-319
12Rayo Vallecano16-1417
13Getafe15-816
14Real Sociedad16-515
15Levante16-1815
16Almeria16-1113
17Deportivo La Coruna15-1113
18Granada15-1612
19Cordoba16-1611
20Elche15-1810