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Roberto Carlos: "Neymar is a genius"

Former Brazil left-back Roberto Carlos backs Barcelona forward Neymar to fire the Selecao to World Cup glory this summer.

Former Brazil left-back Roberto Carlos has branded Barcelona forward Neymar "a genius".

The youngster impressed in the early part of the season after moving to Spain, but his form has dipped in recent months following off-the-field concerns.

However, Carlos believes that the 22-year-old will fire the Selecao to glory at the World Cup this summer.

He told Bild: "[I think we will win] not only because of the advantage of playing at home but because Luiz Felipe Scolari changed the way we play football in the Confederations Cup last summer.

"Neymar is a genius. He will be a key player at the World Cup. What is most striking about him is his character. Players with good judgement and confidence are needed."

Carlos made 125 appearances for his country between 1992 and 2006.

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Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar da Silva Santos Junior celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs RC Celta de Vigo at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 26, 2014
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