MX23RW : Wednesday, October 24 03:28:57

Thiago Silva: 'Neymar can match Lionel Messi'

Brazil captain Thiago Silva insists that teammate Neymar can be as good as Argentina's Lionel Messi.

Thiago Silva has insisted that Neymar can be as good as Lionel Messi at the 2014 World Cup.

The Brazilian striker is currently the tournament's joint-leading goalscorer, tied with the Argentine and Thomas Muller of Germany.

The host nation's captain said during a press conference: "Messi is one of the best strikers in the world, one of the very best players. But Neymar is growing into a crescendo and he will be soon considered one of the best in the world.

"Technically, he has all the skills. Messi is one of the best of all, but I'm sure Neymar will get to that level."

Messi and Neymar are club teammates at Barcelona.

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Brazil pose for a team photo prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Cameroon and Brazil at Estadio Nacional on June 23, 2014
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona953123111218
2Espanyol9522137617
3AlavesAlaves9522128417
4Sevilla95132012816
5Atletico MadridAtletico9441105516
6Real Valladolid943286215
7Real Madrid9423139414
8Levante94141415-113
9Real Sociedad93331211112
10Getafe933388012
11Real Betis933357-212
12EibarEibar93241013-311
13Celta Vigo92431313010
14Valencia917178-110
15GironaGirona92431013-310
16Villarreal923478-19
17Athletic Bilbao81521014-48
18Leganes9225813-58
19Rayo Vallecano8125817-95
20Huesca9126720-135

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