MX23RW : Tuesday, December 18 14:02:17

Roberto Carlos: 'Willian, Neymar will be best players at World Cup'

Roberto Carlos: 'Willian will surprise'
© Reuters
Former Brazil international Roberto Carlos backs Willian to be "the best" player at the World Cup alongside Neymar.

Former Brazil international Roberto Carlos has backed Willian to be "the best" player at the World Cup alongside Neymar.

Chelsea midfielder Willian, who scored 44 times in 11 appearances for the Blues last term, could play a part in Brazil's opening game against Switzerland on Sunday.

Writing in a column for The Mirror, Carlos said that Willian is "right up there" with the best at the tournament and could surprise with his ability.

"Neymar is going to be ­marvellous in Russia and win the trophy for us," the 45-year-old said. "But you know who else is going to have a big World Cup? Willian. People talk about [Lionel] Messi, [Cristiano]­ Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski and Neymar, but for me, Willian is right up there.

"He's in really good form and always takes ­responsibility on the pitch. He's a quiet guy who keeps to himself, but he's going to surprise a lot of people this summer.

"Willian is going to be the best player at the tournament, alongside Neymar. He knows how important he is to this team and I want to see him start with a bang against ­Switzerland tonight."

Willian has scored eight times in 57 appearances for Brazil.


Click here for more stories about Roberto Carlos

Click here for more stories about Brazil

Share this article now:
Neymar, Willian and Paulinho celebrate during Brazil's international friendly with Austria in June 2018
Read Next:
Tite: 'Neymar ready to face Switzerland'
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1714303773045
2Manchester CityMan City17142148103844
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs17130431161539
4Chelsea17114235142137
5Arsenal17104337231434
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd177552929026
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves177461919025
8Everton176652422224
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham177372525024
10Watford177372325-224
11Bournemouth177282528-323
12Leicester CityLeicester176472121022
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton176382024-421
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle174491422-816
15Crystal Palace1743101423-915
16Cardiff CityCardiff1742111733-1614
17Southampton172691632-1612
18Burnley1733111533-1812
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1724111028-1810
20Fulham1723121642-269

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account